All your information gets gathered, stored, sliced and diced, then filtered and massaged, and much of it comes back to haunt you in the way of advertisements that want to manipulate you and persuade you or, maybe even get you arrested and put in jail.
Slurped vs. Slurping
If you’re online in any capacity, someone somewhere is tracking what you do; the apps you use, your location, what you bought online, which websites you visited, which airport you used, where you went and even who you met. That’s just the tip of the slurped iceberg.
It’s about to get worse.
Major slurpers include Google, Facebook, and Amazon, of course, but the feds that make up the good old U.S. of A. do their own share of data gathering. They’re just not as good at it and not as protective of your data or any other information gathered and stored. Ask the National Security Agency (NSA) what happened to all those software exploits they created.
Yes, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are well-known offenders of privacy values, but look at how many people allow all three into their homes without thinking about what is happening. Paul Kunert explains what is going on in the EU.
Google’s creepy and dare we say the invasive smart home kit is outgrowing sales in Europe of the creepy and dare we say invasive equivalent from arch-rival Amazon.
All three tech giants sell products for the home– products that listen to you all day; constantly gathering data about what you listen to, who you call, the information you request from the likes of Assistant, Facebook, and Alexa.
It’s a jungle out there and people are attracted to talking smart speaker assistants that don’t cost much money. Yep, information about you is being slurped up at an ever-growing rate and most people do not understand how dangerous that can be. Amazon claims almost 100-million Alexa slurping devices have been sold.
What do they do? Gather information from you.
How is it used? Advertising. Ads that manipulate and persuade you– that means your views on what you thought you knew and believed and trusted can be changed by entities and sources you don’t even know.
If you think it’s bad at home, just wait until you try to travel. Facial recognition is a thing these days.
Allie Funk decided against the facial recognition system that aids boarding an airplane.
As I watched traveler after traveler stand in front of a facial scanner before boarding our flight, I had an eerie vision of a new privacy-invasive status quo. With our faces becoming yet another form of data to be collected, stored, and used, it seems we’re sleepwalking toward a hyper-surveilled environment, mollified by assurances that the process is undertaken in the name of security and convenience.
Security? Not so much. Convenience? Sure.
You think it’s bad in the EU or the US? How about China. Christine Fisher on another growing trend.
Chinese border guards are reportedly installing surveillance apps on the phones of some travelers… the app extracts emails, texts and contacts, as well as info about the device.
So far, this is an Android weakness, but you can see the handwriting on the wall. Entities from Google to Facebook to Amazon, and from the U.S. government to China to the EU, all want to control you, and know everything about you so you can more easily be controlled, or persuaded to view something someone else’s way; or manipulated to do someone else’s bidding.
Slurpers are everywhere these days; some you can see, some can see you, many show up on your computer, web browser, even iPhone and iPad, and nothing good will come of this growing trend toward taking information from people and using it against them.