A chilling article:
....The Relational Database
For me, the most stomach-churning signpost on our nation's road to tyranny has been the completion of the Utah Data Center. The center holds data on the scale of yottabytes. One yottabyte could account for 30 million gigabytes per U.S. man, woman, and child. It's a staggering capacity. Now, for Americans, the camera is always rolling, creating a record of our every digital move. It reminds one of The Truman Show, a movie in which Jim Carrey's entire life was filmed and broadcast as entertainment without him knowing it.
Because of the power of relational databases, and the laws governing internet service provider record-keeping, anything stored in the data centers (there are many across the nation, the Utah Center being the largest and most recent) can be tied to us directly. When tied to other sources of government data, it's a more complete picture of our life than most of us could even provide about ourselves. The websites we browse, the comments we make, the e-mails we send, the phone calls to friends, the internet purchases, the Facebook associations, and most everything else you can think of are easily tied together.
Your phone number is tied to your name, and your name to your Social Security number, and that number to your credit card, and your credit card to your purchases. Your name is tied to your e-mail address, and through that and phone metadata, your associations are mapped....
...I know what some of you are thinking. "I'm a nobody. They won't waste time with me." Our national security apparatus does not have to waste time with you. Computer algorithms, which are more accurate and faster than humans, will analyze everything about you to determine where you fall on the threat matrix, perhaps even knowing your intentions before you formulate them.
"I am not a terrorist, so I don't have to worry." In the drip-drip of truth, we recently found that the NSA spies on people "3 hops" removed from a suspect. That means that if you are the friend of a friend of a friend of a suspect, you are a suspect.
The algorithms are only going to get more sophisticated, and the data collection more thorough. We just found out that the police across the country are using federal grant money to emplace license plate scanners on their vehicles, passively collecting even more location data. The lessons learned by our government from the drone war in Muslim lands are set to be applied here; the FAA estimates that 30,000 drones will be in use by 2020. A school in San Antonio, TX just ended its hotly contested use of RFID chips to track students, but what is far more important is that a federal court upheld their use in January. This small step back for tracking was preceded by a dozen steps forward, and there will be more to come.....
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