By now, almost everyone is aware of the NSA and their ability to track people. If someone working within the agency, let’s call him “Eric”, wants to identify your comings and goings it’s almost as simple as pushing the ENTER key on their keyboard.
Eric has access to: the number of emails, text messages and phone calls you send and receive daily, the average amount of time you spend talking with your mother, your girlfriend/boyfriend, your bookie or your banker by the telephone numbers or email addresses. He can identify where you were when you sent or received that communique. Eric, also has information about the person or persons with whom you communicate because of your meta data. And that’s just from the device you carry in your purse or pocket.
Virtually every automobile manufactured after 2010 has GPS and a system for emergency assistance. It may be called OnStar (GM) or Ford Sync or whatever name your auto maker chooses. These programs work together and you don’t have to subscribe to any service for the companies to capture your data. In many cases your automobile, even sitting silently in your garage, is broadcasting 24/7.
The assistance and convenience systems track not only your immediate location but how long it took you to get there from the last stop, where that stop was and how long you were there. Soon, very soon, local gendarmes will use these as a revenue builders. They will track speeders. They will provide distance traveled for mileage taxation, etc. Loaning your car to your brother-in-law for the day could be very costly and get you in deep doo-doo.
When private companies require a search warrant for this information, Eric simply hacks the server for bulk capture of archived information.
If the aforementioned methods don’t supply enough info to send you to a FEMA disaster relief center next time you spit on the sidewalk, license plate readers might add a period to the end of the sentence. You may or may not have noticed police vehicles moving slowly up and down the aisles at your favorite mall, concert, gun show, beach or hotel parking lot, but they do it in every city now and most towns. They also creep-cruise the streets. They are scanning and recording license plates of every car they pass.
An alarm goes off every time the officer encounters a “hit”. That hit might be for the parking ticket you neglected to pay by last Thursday and it may be because your plate is similar to that described by a flustered armed robbery witness. Either scenario could have you in cuffs when you reach your vehicle.
Not enough for you? Happening now in Phoenix, AZ – faux roadside saguaro cactus with embedded cameras and radar. Every vehicle and occupant passing by is photographed and the speed is recorded. Look for similar roadside do-dads in your area.
Big Brother is all knowing.