(Tea Party 247) – So much of our lives revolve around our smart phones. We use them for so many things without even thinking about it. There are literally apps for everything. Camera, GPS, games, social networks, email, video calling, music, shopping, and the list goes on and on. For years now these same devices are being used to amass databases of personal information on each and every one of us and we seem to be OK with it!
Slowly but surely we have become numb to the invasion of privacy or have just accepted it as the cost of being digitally connected. According to a 2012 Old-Thinker News article, our cell phones are being used to track our every move in an effort to build “a situational awareness and sensory system” to better understand the way humans function and make decisions. “You and your cell phone are nodes in a grid of sensors that paints a virtual picture of the world.” Big Brother is watching and they are getting loads of information.
“…imagine [your cell phone] being able to aggregate this sort of information from large numbers of phones. It would be possible to determine and analyse how people move around cities, how social groups interact, how quickly traffic is moving and even how diseases might spread. The world’s 4 billion mobile phones could be turned into sensors on a global data-collection network.”
That was 10 years ago and technology has only continued to rapidly advance since then. Imagine everything you do on your phone and the internet is being used to track all of your decisions and actions. We even tag ourselves all over the place and allow our phones to track our location. Police even have the ability to scan cell phones at traffic stops with a device that gets all pictures and videos from a cell phone.
Not only can the government monitor your cell phone, it can now seize control of it through mandatory chips installed in new phones. Most major cell phone providers have signed on to the government program. Terror alerts, Amber alerts, public safety and presidential messages can now be sent to your phone. “Users can opt out of any of the alerts except the presidential messages,” notes the New York Times.
This is disturbing. In China, they have been using technology to track all of their citizens and rank their activities to determine how “trustworthy” each person is. These “social scores” are similar to our credit scores and have serious implications for Chinese citizens such as restricted travel, the inability to purchase property, and not being able to send their children to the schools they choose.
In a report by CBS News:
The government says it is trying to “purify” society by rewarding people who are trustworthy and punishing those who are not, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy. So like the credit scores most Americans have based on how they handle their finances, Chinese citizens are getting a social credit score based on everything from whether they pay their taxes on time to how they cross the street to what they post online.
Where do we think all of this technology is going to go in America? The government has been given the opportunity to collect personal data on millions of citizens with almost no pushback. It is clear there are politicians already in positions of power that want to have more social control. If we are not careful about who we are electing, we are going to find ourselves getting closer and closer to “social scores.” That is a terrifying prospect.