posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 06:25 PM
Many people welcome spying because they don't understand it. Putting aside the constitutional issues for a moment, people think their lives are
boring and if someone wants to spy... who cares?
The issue reaches beyond the individual though, this level of spying applies to everyone and that means people in positions of power are compromised.
It also invites psychological campaigns against people. With enough data collection you can piece together how someone thinks, where they go, who
they associate with, and so on.
10 years ago a friend of mine who was very wise and saw where all this stuff was leading built a computer system in his car. It consisted of 5
cameras (2 front, 1 rear, 1 per side) and a computer that would take the image data from those cameras, process it for license plates, and then record
where the license plate was seen with GPS data and what time. He then did a license plate lookup on all of the data and attached names/addresses to
this information. He spent a month driving around town at different hours each day for about 6 hours per day recording where each vehicle was. At
the end of this data collection he knew what stores people visited, who they associated with, where they lived, where they worked, he could estimate
within about 15% (later verified with tax records) what their income was, he knew their hobbies, and he could even tell if someone was acting unusual
because their car was on different streets.
Had he wanted to do something evil with this information he would know what houses were empty when and rob them. He could perform identity theft. He
could even figure out who was likely to commit a crime based on associations with other criminals. The list goes on.
What the governments database on each of us is going to allow is if they ever turn tyrannical to instantly know who's a threat or otherwise opposed
to their rule and dispose of those people before they can act. It will make resistance impossible. Most importantly, if the data is ever stolen (and
it WILL be stolen) a persons entire life will be made available. If you think identity theft is bad now, just wait for this to happen.
I'm very much against making digital profiles on people, it's at it's worst when the government does it because they have so many resources, but
even at the corporation level it's a huge threat to freedom.
All that from knowing what tv show you're watching or if you prefer VO5 vs Tresumme shampoo.