The idea or concept of personal privacy that was once a cornerstone of a free society has completely disappeared from the great American experiment in freedom.
We have no privacy. The Government through various agencies (NSA, FBI, and Others) spies on every thing that we do. Our Emails, phone calls, text chats, bank account activity, where we visit on the internet, is just the beginning. Everything you pay for with a debit or credit card, or personal check for that matter, is easily accessible to the government data collectors.
All new cars and many that were built since the year 2000 have a computer module called a Black Box which is an EDR (Event Data Recorder) similar to those in airplanes. This Black Box records and tracks things like your speed, the position of the throttle (accelerator) braking steering angle, and if you’re wearing a seatbelt or not. Many are equipped with GPS, so it’s possible for Government Agencies (Big Brother) to track your every movement. Now if you carry a cell phone, pay for purchases with a credit or debit card, Big Brother has a complete picture of all your activities.
Let’s look at a day in the life of my fictional friend, Ralph Farnsworth. Ralph has just recently become politically active, and writes and says what he thinks, and has used language and words while writing emails and comments on the Internet that flag him as a possible threat or at least a person of interest to the regime.
Ralph grabs his first cup of coffee and sits down in front of his laptop, which has a built in Webcam, to check his email. Big Brother now knows what time he started his day and how he is dressed. After reading his email, he fires off an anti-government email tirade to one of his buddies, which is duly noted by Big Brother.
He settles down with the second cup of coffee and starts surfing his favorite News Sites and Blogs, leaving a history of where he visited for Big Brother to read. He also writes another anti-government comment on one of his favorite Blogs, which is again duly noted by Big Brother.
Today is Ralph’s day to do the family grocery shopping, and a visit to the hardware store. He grabs his cell phone, gets in the car and is off. The Black Box using it’s built in GPS keeps track of where Ralph goes, the route he takes, the speeds he drives, along with engine performance and other information. He stops and the local convenience market, fills up the tank, buys a pack of cigarettes and a candy bar all paid for with a debit card. The entire transaction is stored in one or more data bases that can be accessed by Big Brother.
Ralph’s next stop is the grocery store. Every item he purchases, it’s price, and the method of payment is stored in the store’s data base, and available to Big Brother if they want it.
Ralph has some time to spare so he makes a stop at the local gun store to look for a shotgun he’s wanted to buy. The route there and the time he spent there recorded by the Black Box, and his cell phone.
Then he’s off to the hardware store where he buys a pressure cooker for his wife, all entered into a data base.
He receives a call from his friend Henry asking him to stop by the Local Watering Hole for a drink, all recorded.
After the drink and conversation with Henry as he leaves he notices a Patrol Car sitting across the street, but thinks nothing of it. and goes home, again all the information about the trip home stored in a data base.
The next day he is paid a visit by law enforcement. As he was leaving the Watering Hole the day before the Officer in the Patrol car captured his license plate number, and after running it through all their data bases, they discovered from information on his Black Box that on the way home the day before he exceeded the speed limit for ten minutes, and he was issued a summons. They also threatened to take him into custody to question his need for a shotgun and a pressure cooker.
The point again there is NO PRIVACY. Everything we do, everywhere we go is recorded somewhere in a data base. ===>Look Here<=== for the mother of data base storage. Big Brother is here!
My fictional day of Ralph Farnsworth is not just a theory, it is a simple illustration of how we are spied on and monitored daily using modern technology which is being enhanced almost daily with more intrusive and sophisticated methods.