Lawfuel.com – How much is Big Brother actually doing watching you? According to an ABA Journal article, a lawyer who tracked her ‘data trail’ it is somewhat scary as to how much is being captured in a whole bunch of way.s
The Aba Journal:
The executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, Heidi Boghosian, documented her one-day “data trail” for the New York Times blog the Caucus. Boghosian has written a book expected to be published next year called Spying on Democracy: A Short History of Government/Corporate Collusion in the Technology Age.
Using the Internet or carrying a smartphone creates a data trail, the blog says, while cameras monitor our movements.
Boghosian passed cameras in a private apartment building, at an ATM, on the subway platform, at the office, in the grocery store, in a restaurant and likely in an unmarked police van at a protest.
She also noted GPS tracking on her iPhone and user tracking through her customer loyalty card, Facebook use, Internet searches, credit card purchase and Google searches. In Macy’s shoe department, she encounters another type of tracking: radio-frequency identification chips. (Macy’s uses the chips to track inventory and find merchandise that is out of stock in one store but available in another, Forbes reported in July.) She also passes by a digital billboard that uses cameras to gauge the demographics of those nearby and tailor its advertising. (The billboards use facial recognition technology, the New York Times reported last November.)