Surveilence Privacy

Surveillance happens all around us. How do you think Google knows what to show on your feed? How does Alexa know what to suggest for your grocery list? How does Amazon decide what “deals” to show you on their front page? Every data point that you allow a device to collect gets stored, remembered, and used later on, under the guise of simply making your life easier, and that’s all they use it for, right?

Wrong.

We’ve started to see all of this surveillance being used for less benevolent purposes: Employers can spy on their employees outside of work; schools can monitor students’ home life, and certain authorities are able to access public and private security networks under the guise of crime prevention. We’ve been given a false sense of security about how much we’re surveilled.

How can we be the “land of the free” if we’re being watched even in our own living rooms?