posted on May, 5 2014 @ 12:27 AM
I did a search for this topic, and didn't find anything more recent that four years, so I am starting a new thread on the topic.
I know this isn't new to a lot of places, but I watched a news report just tonight, that discussed the "new" technology installed at a local
library. The information was presented in a very positive manner, with the discussion being all about how people could avoid long lines, check out as
many book s as they wanted, and that sort of patter. They also discussed having to redo the door security, to work with the new system. So, the
speed and convenience of checkout, and the better way to reduce theft, were mentioned, but not one hint was made towards any privacy issues. No one
discussed whether or not they could track people via the books they check out, or how they could put together a profile much more easily, through this
system. Poor "Jerry" (Conspiracy Theory) wouldn't even have to buy his book these days to be tracked; he could check one out, and they could
follow him with it!
I have, for years now, gone to great effort to open and search every single DVD case for the little "theft prevention" strips. Some, I noticed,
were hidden, and some were flat, and more difficult to remove. These days, the stuff is even smaller, and it's possible that they could tie in
specific coding in such a device to a person's debit or credit card, to know not only what we bought, but to be able to track us through anything.
Books, movies, CDs, games, clothing, accessories, jewelry. The way cash is treated as "archaic" by many ads is interesting, too. They want people
to think that almost no one uses it anymore, or should. Such a system wouldn't even require a lot of manpower, either, with computers being what
they are. They could easily set up parameters to alert whoever was monitoring, in case of certain combinations, or whatever. I know it's believed
that they have done something like that with phone monitoring for decades now.
So, I know this isn't new, but it's spreading. I would like to hear what you all think about the issue as a whole, and if you see any way we can
deal with it, in a practical sense. Also, if anyone has some interesting story to tell that is related to the various forms of tracking, I'd be
interested in those as well. With all that is being done now, someone has to have seen some effect.