Is there a spy in your house?
Should we care if we are exposed?
Is nakedness the same as unprotected?
Can we be tried and judged on our thoughts?
What if you verbalize thoughts in the privacy of your own home?
What if you mumble ‘someone should shoot that asshole?’ Is that criminal?
Do we have a right to privacy, and if so, where does it begin and end?
Should big tech be held liable for violating your privacy?
Is ‘smart’ really a good idea? In a world of Siri or Alexa and yes, Google, you can have many things happen with the spoken word.
Yesterday while in conversation, I happened to ask Alexa what time it was. My smartwatch was still on the charger and ‘she’ is in every room in the house. While a constant source of information and a voice I recognize, I was not amazed when she replied in the following… “By the way, I can also help plan birthday parties…”
We had been speaking of a birthday gift minutes before.
With millions of these devices in homes and business’s globally, one has to believe that it is software and some server listening. The algorithms listen for keywords, much like cookies track your searches. From these results, you are offered ads for what you searched for, or the subject of conversation.
As a writer I often research things that could be seen as things terrorist might search for. One has to wonder how many times I have been ‘looked at,’ as a possible bad person.
For the record, I have published over 30 novels and still writing. These are not the droids you are looking for.
At one point, I had cameras throughout the house so I could monitor things while I traveled. One day I heard the camera in my office moving on its own accord. Someone was controlling it. Someone was watching me work on the computer.
All of the Chinese cameras went into the trash that day.
Even with the firewall and so forth in place, this camera had a backdoor built into the firmware.
While I could have trapped the packets, I am confident the rabbit trail would lead to China.
Industrial espionage is a huge deal. I suspect that there are perverts in all countries who, much like peeping toms, get off on watching…
When I wrote my novel Cyber Subs, I took that into account.
It is one thing to put it out there and be paid for your willingness to do so. It is quite another to be spied upon, either with your own camera’s and or security system.
I realize that Alexa and other smart devices are listening. If you don’t know this, read what I am telling you here and now. They also have cameras embedded within them, and it might very well be possible for some ‘person’ to activate them at will. The same is true of your phones, tablets and laptop computers.
In another of my novels, Presidential Assassins, I use these smart things as plot devices.
The bottom line is you should not expect privacy no matter where you are. If you carry a smartphone, you are being tracked. If you should run afoul of the law, they can use your phone to see where you have been.
The anarchists burning cities down, hurting people, and so forth have a considerable footprint that one day will come home to roost. If you are one of those who are getting paid to do stupid shit, I would stop immediately. While that CSI shit might seem like the stuff of fiction, trust me grasshopper, it is not out of the realm or veracity.
While a local DA might be bought and paid for, not to convict you, many of the crimes are federal and out of their jurisdiction.
Recently someone sent me a phishing extortion letter. Within minutes, I knew it came from a company called Talk Talk in the UK. Some rogue employee is using that ISP as a platform to extort money through elaborate ‘fortune cookie’ letters sent out to email addresses procured from websites.
I suspect they will be spending time in jail soon, as they too left a trail of breadcrumbs. Even if you use Bitcoin, there are ways to track you down. You might feel that you are smarter than others, but again, you are only fooling yourself.
If you want assured privacy in your house, don’t have anything connected to the internet, and that means cell service too. Unless you can remove the battery, off is not good enough.
While I might sound a little paranoid, in my line of work, I am paid to be paranoid. Don’t do stupid shit, and you don’t have anything to worry about. Consider those spying on you as your cheering section. That is a line I used in the novel.
Yes, I have found bugs ‘video cameras’ in hotel rooms, especially independent hotels.
‘TW doesn’t that freak you out?’
How many times have you traveled since 911? Images of my naked body are stored on more servers than you can imagine. If you genuinely believe that those images from the porn scanners at the airport are not stored next to your unique scanned id, you are kidding yourself.
They know better than I if I have put on or lost any weight. While ignorance is bliss, it is also dangerous. You willingly surrendered your right to privacy after 911. The patriot act is the golden ticket to spy on anyone anywhere without provocation.
Again, as I say in the novel, enjoy your life and don’t worry about it.
If you are a law abiding person you will never be confronted with any of this. The secrets will live on servers across the country.
From facial biometric cameras at each traffic intersection, to your unique DNA used for genealogy or perhaps taken from some medical procedure, if they want to find you, they can.
A day of reckoning is coming…
For the rest of us, enjoy your smart stuff and know that somewhere, someone could be watching, listening and laughing at your feeble attempts to have some modicum of privacy.
There is a meme that shows a cabin in the woods with no commercial power. Would you spend a year here for a million dollars?
Give me a gun, bullets, and a fishing pole and just you watch, or in this case, come back in a year. Since the Covid bullshit, I am ready.