This video alerts us to some very disturbing things. The first is the need to make the phone password harder to crack then the simple set of four numbers. (My iPhone is set with no password, by the way, which is probably not good but I no longer have to deal with an insane person who needed to daily search my phone). The add tracking and location tracking discussed here are to be taken seriously and few of us would normally think about these.
In the world of Big Data we become a source of data to be constantly tracked and recorded to conveniently serve the interests of advertisers and marketers. While Google and Facebook CEO’s cry foul at the surveillance of the public by the NSA, they hide their own hypocrisy in building this huge database with all sorts of applications to exploit it. As consumers we are told all this is to better serve us (give us better customized search results, alert us to products that might be of interest to us based on what we have just bought or a subject we have discussed in our email or a Facebook post or a web page we have just visited). The system opens us to be easily watched by government and preyed on by criminals and the mentally imbalanced.
What is surprising in this video is the extent to which this is also aided by the mobile devices and operating systems they use. You think this only happens in the Mac Os on Apple mobile devices and sigh with relief that you are on an Android mobile device? Think again! Your Android device is powered by Google, the biggest spying organzation that ever was.