By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Cities
Your household appliances, such as dishwashers, ovens, stereo and TVs, may someday be used to spy on you.
If you're concerned about Facebook's intrusion into personal privacy, wait until you hear this: Your household appliances, such as dishwashers, ovens, stereo and TVs, may someday be used to spy on you.
That's because the same technology that enables devices such as video gaming consoles and even cars to be online, run apps and work "smarter" also makes it possible for outside parties to monitor and keep tabs on a person's day-to-day activities. Naturally, it's also something the CIA wants in on.
At a summit held by the CIA's venture capitalist firm In-Q-Tel, the agency's Director David Petraeus discussed how "smart homes" may someday be rigged to provide intelligence officials with details about someone's whereabouts by collecting geo-location data.
“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”
Wait. Hold on. RFID? Sensors? Cloud computing? Those are the same technologies we here at SmartPlanet have been keeping tabs on (Admittedly with a healthy dose of optimism/skepticism) While developers would argue that espionage wasn't what any of them were intended for, we'd be naive not to realize by now that anything that lets us be more connected also opens us up to such possibilities. And recent legislation, passed in 2008, allows government officials to extend their powers to peek into electronic data such as emails. So who's to say this doesn't fall into that category.
According to a report in Wired:
The CIA has a lot of legal restrictions against spying on American citizens. But collecting ambient geolocation data from devices is a grayer area, especially after the 2008 carve-outs to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hardware manufacturers, it turns out, store a trove of geolocation data; and some legislators have grown alarmed at how easy it is for the government to track you through your phone or PlayStation.
Petraeus also mentioned that agents will also have to adapt to newer forms of cyber-esponiage by creating special online identities so their own covers won't be blown.
“Proud parents document the arrival and growth of their future CIA officer in all forms of social media that the world can access for decades to come,” Petraeus told the audience. “Moreover, we have to figure out how to create the digital footprint for new identities for some officers.”
Some of his remarks may sound alarming, especially if you're concerned about privacy. But keep in mind that even if you decided to up and move into a cabin the woods, there's nothing stopping drones or even satellites from keeping a watchful eye. That's the kind of world we live in now.
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Mar 18, 2012
Its impossible that the CIA could spy on me through my fridge???. http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com/images/ciafridge.jpg
" That???s the kind of world we live in now." Because all the "sheeple" that just sit by idly and let it happen. Americans have become lazy when it comes to liberty. The government knows this and is why we keep losing our freedoms a little at a time. I fear that we've already got to the point of no return, and soon we will be the new Communist Russia of the world.
...everything on my network runs through a proxy server which can monitor and log everything that tries to monitor and log me. If I see something I don't like or trust, I just block it.
It's a likely progression that we go from CCTV watching for criminal activity in certain areas of a city, to CCTV being used on the street were you live, next monitoring the outside of your home and eventually the inside. Motor vehicles will be electronically tagged. I think eventually we'll all be micro chipped like Fluffy and Fido. I'm not being paranoid-I think it's inevitable. There's no way to stop it, government will do what government wants. And to think we were once terrified at the thought of the Soviets taking over our country, turning it into another totalitarian state.
And Winston paused in his morning calisthenics, turned to his espresso machine, and noting the agitated burbling, knew it was time for the two-minutes "Hate." The refrigerator said-no bagel-more push-ups-call Julia.
the difference here, to my way of thinking, is that what we choose to make public, via Facebook or any other type of social media, is what 'we choose' . When the CIA or other spy networks decide to do to us is an 'invasion of privacy' and there is a big difference
There are refrigerators out now that connect to the internet and can tell you when its time to buy more milk and eggs. IF the fridge can spy on us - it's very easy for others to tap in and do the same.
Corporations already have detailed, personal info about us - location, communication, buying, mere browsing - without us intentionally putting that info out there. What's the legal status of intel on US citizens on US soil when the info is obtained offshore from a cloud that doesn't stop at the border?