You saw this one coming right?
The Amazon Echo is a perfect way for the government to spy on citizens. Sure, Amazon rejects requests for the data but that doesn’t obviate the two big issues here.
The first is that the audio and data are recorded and kept. If it’s stored, even briefly, then hackers can get it. Especially state actors. The courts may yet force companies to give it up.
The second and larger issue is that we don’t have laws protecting the privacy of our data. We need regulations that keep up with changing technology. We need rules that favor citizens, not companies, and certainly not governements.
Bid for Access to Amazon Echo Audio in Murder Case Raises Privacy Concerns http://nyti.ms/2huPxwl
Make a great no mistake we don’t need in vase privacy busting tools to keep the world a safe place. It already is safer than it ever has been and this trend predates even the Internet.
What we do need is a world in which private activities and communications are secure. We need people to feel comfortable saying and doing what they need to on their phones and the Web without fear that it will be used against them. This will have far greater benefit to mankind and the free world than spy tech that invades your phone ever could.
NSO can say they’re trying to make the world a safer place, but they are also making the world a more surveilled place.”
The cyberarms industry typified by the NSO Group operates in a legal gray area, and it is often left to the companies to decide how far they are willing to dig into a target’s personal life and what governments they will do business with.
The only solution against this onslaught of freedom killing software and the surveillance state is actually the government. People have to write laws that forbid this type of software and associated technologies. That won’t completely prevent this type of invasive snooping but it will limit it and give people recourse to fight companies that profit from stealing our personal and private info.
How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone http://nyti.ms/2cfXAZy
Securing every public place, metal detectors at soft targets, guards (human or robot) everywhere are not the solutions we need.
Orlando should not be a call to lock things down. Think about what has helped the LGBT community the most over the years: openness, understanding, awareness.
We all too often fear the wrong things. Terrorism and mass killings strike our nerves, but we overlook all the other things that are far more likely to kill us (car accidents, disasters, carcinogens, environmental toxins, climate change, to name a few).
This writer puts too much emphasis on physically securing things. He cites Israel and Ireland in the 80’s. These are not the places we should strive to build.
Openness and tolerance paired with vigilance is a better path. Keeping harmful weapons from people likely to use them would help. There is no valid argument not to require licencing and registration of weapons. Better awareness and treatment of mental health and domestic violence issues would be preferable to fences. For that matter treating underlying causes of violent tendencies would be a good place to start. Poverty, marginalization, extremism, fundamentalism, these are the things that drive mass killings. Let’s hear about some solutions for these issues.
Seeking meaning for why homegrown terrorists strike out at their countrymen doesn’t seem to help much simply because there usually is little coherent explanation.
Why Do Terrorists Commit Terrorism? http://nyti.ms/1Ut7RTQ
Americans are so preoccupied with the illusion of safety, that we can’t get behind mitigating real threats.
We’d rather have airport security prevent one shoe bomber than protect our government and private IT infrastructure.
Cyberthreat Posed by China and Iran Confounds White House http://nyti.ms/1Le0WJZ
Federal guidance on all types of data security is needed. Starting at the start with security far cars and other vehicle related data would be a great start.
Regulators Should Develop Rules to Protect Cars From Hackers http://nyti.ms/1Mcvdbw
Rather than waiting for Big Data to regulate itself, or for the government to catch up, the author points out that many of us will begin to buy back our privacy little pieces at a time with various existing and yet to be developed technologies. The staff here has been waiting patiently for many such services. First on the list is a Mozilla or Ubuntu phone. Little else will be effective when the technology underlying our chief communications devices are developed for the express purpose of gathering and reselling data.
Not long ago, we would have bought services as important to us as mail and news. Now, however, we get all those services for free — and we pay with our personal data, which is spliced and diced and bought and sold.
Those who aren’t bothered by that exchange should keep in mind that our data is used not just for advertisements. It has also been used to charge people different prices based on their personal information. It has been used to provide different search results to different people based on their political interests. It has been used by the government to identify possible criminal and terrorist suspects.
The food industry can offer some possible answers to those questions. Our government enforces baseline standards for the safety of all food and has strict production and labeling requirements for organic food. It may be time to start doing the same for our data.
NYTimes: Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?