As each day passes, more and more information goes into cyberspace, then there’s the cloud, something that I can’t see but I can get my books, films and other stuff that has found its way into this place. All of my likes, my dislikes, my friend requests, my un-friending, my political rants, my wonderful family and loved one days, all captured in a place of easy access for myself and perhaps even those who have a different agenda. I bet I have quite the portfolio.
Sometimes I think … get out before it’s too late! But it probably is. Do I go out with a bang, or do I hide, is it even possible to hide?
Thanks to an insidious partnership between Google and the National Security Agency that grows more invasive and more subtle with every passing day, “we the people” have become little more than data consumer commodities to be bought, sold and paid for over and over again.
With every smartphone we buy, every GPS device we install, every Twitter, Facebook and Google account we open, every frequent buyer card we use for purchases, and every credit and debit card we use to pay for our transactions, we’re helping Corporate America build a dossier for its government counterparts on who we know, what we think, how we spend our money and how we spend our time…What’s worse, this for-profit surveillance scheme, far larger than anything the NSA could capture just by tapping into our phone calls, is made possible by our consumer dollars and our cooperation. All those disclaimers you scroll though without reading them, only to quickly click on the “Agree” button at the end so you can get to the next step — downloading software, opening up a social media account, adding a new app to your phone or computer — signify your written consent to having your activities monitored, recorded and shared.It’s not just the surveillance you consent to that’s being shared with the government, however. It’s the very technology you happily and unquestioningly use that is being hardwired to give the government easy access to your activities.