Can you imagine this in the hands of theocracy?

Google / Alphabet wants all of your data about everything you do, everywhere you go, anything you think, everything you say. And they can sell or give their info to anyone. And as some say, any database is hackable.


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>How often, when a corporate baron has had absolute freedom to do whatever he wants, has he done exactly that?  How often do the faceless, unaccountable minions, upper and lower levels, of corporations, do whatever it takes to further their careers?

In a word, always. The irony is that now with Google, Farcebook, et. al., the thought police don't even have to exert any effort. We do it for them.

Especially with "smart TVs", equipped with microphones and cameras to give you the convenience of voice command, face recognition, and gesture recognition -- and not so incidentally with abysmal "privacy" policies, whether honored or not. An open invitation to both government and corporate Big Brothers to bug your living room!

I'll take old-fashioned buttons on a remote control, thank you. And also on the TV itself, if I'm standing next to it.

(Reposting from Geek & Nerd Haven comments)

I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on - and you’d be, too

(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)

"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....
The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."

"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."

(image source)

Haven't had a tv for  35 years, but smartphones and computers are scary enough. There was a really creepy and prophetic short story written by George Alec Effinger about this back in the 80s, but unfortunately I can't remember the title or what book it was in.

Another scary aspect of this is theocrats are among those who have the financial wherewithal to avail themselves of such technology and abuse it to their hearts' content.

What bothers me most is that as consumers we have absolutely no way of opting out of this intrusive data collection without completely giving up our desire to use technology.  Sacrificing our personal information is the cost they demand and the price we pay to use these services.  Declining participation only results in being shunned from using technology.  For instance, downloaded apps demand access to photo galleries, contacts, linked accounts, browsing history, etc.  Nothing is "sacred" or off-limits, no matter how personal or inconsequential that information is to the function of the app. 

As Daniel pointed out somewhere recently, we users of Google, FB, et. al. aren't their clients, we're their product.

As "geek & poke" observed:

Two pigs: “Isn't it great? We have to pay nothing for the barn” “Yeah! And even the food is free” (Caption: Pigs talking about the “free” model)

Windows 10 is just as bad but there are ways to turn lots of it off. I have Windows 10 on 2 of my computers and the built in "spy apps" are turned off. The trick is for Windows to give you the basic program free, then make you want to buy the other apps that work nicely but increase spy ability. People end up enjoying giving away their innermost secrets for free.

I've noticed that many companies and stores offer apps when you could just as well be using their websites!

My info's being in the hands of theocracy doesn't bother me. I'm 85, not an easily-impressed kid.

My info's being in the hands of business will result in more annoying advertising.

My info's being in the hands of government will make me a more active civil libertarian.

My info's being in the hands of a theocratic government frightens me.

I just took Google off my computer and am going with Safari. 

Frank Zappa touched on this kind of thing a while ago. 


"I'm The Slime"

[backing vocals Tina Turner & The Ikettes]

I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I'm the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help . . . no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

That's right, folks . . .
Don't touch that dial

Well, I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go

I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go



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