Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Smartphones, Google and Facebook-Privacy Smashing Surveillance Tools

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 19, 2013

Some stores can use your smartphone to track where you stop and tailor subsequent ads. I have a smart phone. I have never turned on the GPS. I no longer use a data plan. I still use the Tune In radio app. One of the things it tells you is that it tracks your phone calls.  A post I recently read describes smartphones as surveillance tools that also allow you to make phone calls.

Google mines data like Dobsy in Treasure of the Sierra Madre. They troll for unprotected wifi while photographing your street and home. Bad news.

Facebook is breaking new surveillance ground. Their latest project is the graph search. It lets government types search for everyone that mentions a key word (like “ammunition), or “Likes” a particular website.

See the details here. To quote the author:

 This graph search “feature” was more than likely funded via the intelligence community for their and the military’s benefit. They call it “population centric ISR,” ISR being an acronym for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

 Now, facebook (and oh, do you use your facebook id to login to other sites? Tsk. Tsk.) has just turned itself into the biggest intelligence tool in the world. It’s not that they haven’t already been monitoring, they have. Stay safe out there…you know who’s watching!

 Mark Zuckerberg didn’t get to be a billionaire by being a nice guy.

 Yes, I have a Facebook page. Mainly to keep tabs on a limited group of folks and as a vehicle for this blog. There will be no pictures. I will never “like” a site nor log in anywhere using Facebook again.

Be seeing you


3 Responses to “Smartphones, Google and Facebook-Privacy Smashing Surveillance Tools”

  1. The FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008 gave the NSA expansive power to spy on Americans’ international email and telephone calls. However, last month, in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, a government official publicly disclosed that the NSA’s surveillance had gone even further than what the law permits, with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) issuing at least one ruling calling the NSA’s actions unconstitutional. The government further disclosed that the FISC had determined the government’s surveillance violated the spirit of the law on at least one occasion, as well. EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeks disclosure of any written opinions or orders from FISC discussing illegal government surveillance, as well as any briefings to Congress about those violations.

  2. Thalia said

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    • It is called the “Walled Garden”. MS, Google, hotmail, all the big players are slowly limiting your options to their preferred (paying) sites. Go with Ubuntu Mozilla, Thunderbird etc.

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