By Grace Vasquez
Well, looks like “Big Brother” is here. Police are now turning to all our smart technology to help solve crimes.
Detectives say they comb through smart alarm systems,devices, our social media, cellphones, emails, key fobs even Fitbits to track our movement.
Privacy advocates are alarmed, who say too many consumers are unaware of the revealing information devices are collecting along with the fact that there are few laws in place to guide police on how to collect smart-device data.
Andrew Ferguson, a University of the District of Columbia law professor, says we are entering an era of “sensorveillance” when we can expect one device or another to be monitoring us much of the time.
These devices capture our every move, biometrics and even what we have ingested. Now these devices can listen in or watch us in the privacy of our homes (Smart TV’s and ‘Hello , Alexa’). And police are increasingly looking to the devices for clues.
Ferguson said, “Americans are just waking up to the fact that their smart devices are going to snitch on them and that they are going to reveal intimate details about their lives they did not intend law enforcement to have.”
So what’s the moral of the story? 1) Do not commit a crime (Duh!) and 2) Unplug everything! I swear I’m getting a rotary phone! ~grace