Reboot Society: Is your ‘eyePhone’ watching you?

Yes. Your sparkling new Iphone is keeping a comprehensive log of your locations, movement patterns. Not only that but it has the capability to become a hidden microphone and camera during your most private moments, as well as potentially recording your online activity and telephone conversations. It gets worse. Any of this info can be retrieved by Apple at the government’s request, without warrant, since by using the phone and/or applications you have signed away any right to privacy, even when the phone is ‘off’.

This may not be an issue for many people, who are believing Apple’s lame excuse of quality improvement, or even those who believe it will be useful for catching ‘criminals’ and/or ‘terrorists’. The “but I dont have anything to hide” crowd would be well advised to listen to Ben Franklin,  who replied to this kind of statement with his famous quip, “Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.” Strong words, but they ring with a resounding truth.

How long until these devices are abused, rather than being used for protection from crime be used to record minor offenses, and turned into revenue collecting devices? How about using the phone to record any time the phone is moving over seventy five miles per hour, and sends an alert to highway patrol including GPS coordinates, and direction of travel? Or maybe just email you a ticket? It would be easily doable with existing technology. How about sending an alert if your phone sits at a local bar for a couple hours and then starts driving again? Maybe they will make the excuse of child protection, If you child starts screaming or crying, and automated alert goes to CPS? Government applications that report anything suspicious, providing a quick notification if you see anybody doing anything against the “law” which is instituted to replace morality and institute fines for any benign offense? Agency and morality would go out the door, antiquated concepts not required in this Orwellian “New world order.” It seems like a long stretch, but it could easily happen. You have to protect your rights BEFORE they are being abused!

Droid users? We have the same problem. Only difference is that we can remove our batteries when we don’t want to be under surveillance!


Link to news article:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/137432/20110423/apple-we-must-have-comprehensive-user-location-data-on-you.htm 


Edit: Well, looks like another source. Cops Already Using Iphone Location Data

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