We are now in an unprecedented age of surveillance that even George Orwell could not have envisioned.<quoted text>
There was a segment about this on the nightly news the other night. I think it was the CBS news, but can't swear to the network. I do know for sure that it was one of the big three broadcast networks though.
The reporter stated that this patent they have applied for would grant them the ability to "sense" your movements via the cable box or whatever means they choose to use in your home via your consent when you sign a contract for services.
These boxes are 'smart' boxes. Meaning for example that they could tell if you were cuddling.. Hmmm. So if they can tell if you're "cuddling", well. Use your imagination to what else it could figure out..
The news story also said that the technology could detect the tone of your voice, knowing your 'mood'. Hence, the networks could then manipulate their advertising techniques just savvy enough to target your current mood.. If you were laughing, crying, loving, yelling, fighting, whatever. You're mood would determine the advertisement that came through your media equipment. Again, use your darkest imaginations to get the full effect of what EXACTLY this thing could possibly reveal to the 'eye spy'. It could ultimately mean that what ad YOU were seeing might not be the same ad that your neighbor next door is seeing at that same moment between programming..
NO WAY IN HELL will I allow something like that into my home. I'll go without cable first, I'll toss the gaming systems and everything else that I suspect of spying on us here. I'll go back to using a corded phone if need be so we can keep what little privacy we can. I already have a "dumb" cell phone because I don't need all of that silly app crap that comes with a "smart" phone. And it's turned off half the time anyway and needing a charge, lol.
You all might laugh at me and I really don't care at this point due to this story, but I have a small piece of paper taped over the web-cam lens of my laptop, and I've had it there for a LONG time already. It's too easy to hack into your system these days and finding access to remotely hack your web-cam doesn't seem that far fetched now, does it? It's probably a lot easier to hack your web-cam than it is to retrieve your personal passwords for hacking into your other on-line accounts if you think about it....
1. Your cell phone is a GPS tracking device and all your texts and conversations are monitored and stored in a government data base.
2. Your computer is monitored and all your emails and all sites you visit are stored in a government data base.
3. All your credit card transactions are recorded and stored in a data base.
4. What you watch on television is also stored by the cable and satellite companies.
Basically EVERYTHING we do is tracked and recorded and it will only get worse as surveillance cameras will be placed throughout the country in addition to the drones flying over our heads.