Sunday, June 2, 2013

“The Internet is a Surveillance State”

If you think you can hide your Google searches, Facebook page, or smartphone use, think again. Read “The Internet is a Surveillance State” by Bruce Schneier (author of  Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive).  Here are two quotes from Schneier’s internet article (underlining added):

“The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we're being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him; 105 companies tracked his Internet use during one 36-hour period.”

“Facebook, for example, correlates your online behavior with your purchasing habits offline. And there's more. There's location data from your cell phone, there's a record of your movements from closed-circuit TVs.  This is ubiquitous surveillance: All of us being watched, all the time, and that data being stored forever. This is what a surveillance state looks like, and it's efficient beyond the wildest dreams of George Orwell.”

However, millions of persons need not worry.  Why not?

These happy campers do not carry a smartphone with them and never connect to the Internet. (Think about your grandparents…)  To communicate, they use snail mail.  Life goes on. :)

To read the complete Schneier article, click here:
The Internet is a Surveillance State

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