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Invasion of the Data Snatchers

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Published on Oct 24, 2014

https://www.aclu.org/datasnatchersYT

New technologies are making it easier for private companies and the government to learn about everything we do - in our homes, in our cars, in stores, and within our communities. As they collect vast amounts of data about us, things are getting truly spooky!

A future without any privacy is just scary. And privacy is not the only thing at stake when everything we say, everywhere we go, and everyone we associate with is fair game. We have seen the ways that surveillance – whether by government or corporations – shuts down free speech and free association, undermines a free media, and threatens the free exercise of religion.

We shouldn’t be forced to choose between new technologies and our liberty. The ACLU is fighting for the proper safeguards to allow us to regain control over our personal information.

https://www.aclu.org/datasnatchersYT

Transcript:
Narrator: The early 21st century was a time of spectacular innovation. It was also when everything went wrong, horribly, horribly wrong. Humanity was watched by a vast, cool, and unsympathetic surveillance system, every single thing people did online scrutinized and studied by corporations and government agencies, fodder for the [inaudible 00:00:25] of big data, available to the highest bidder. The human race allowed it, in return for their convenient, shiny digital toys. After all, they could always log off. They could log off whenever they wanted. Then the Internet of computers and phones grew into the Internet of things and then a web of horrors. It started gradually, with cameras tracking people's every move. Street lamps turned into surveillance devices, following every step, recognizing faces, recognizing secrets. Before they knew it, even appliances knew all their owners' secrets.
Refrigerator: I made your beer extra cold, Carrie, just like you like it.
Narrator: There was no logging off. The things were everywhere, and there was no place to hide from the sensors.
Bathroom: Looks like it is time to visit the proctologist, Carrie.
Narrator: What of the data? The endless, dark avalanche of data, available to every police department, every agency, or anyone willing to pay for it. The absence of controls and regulations gave government and corporations a chance to have their way with the data. As the last semblance of privacy receded from the world, the data took on a life of its own. Privacy disregarded, humans found themselves forced to choose between technology and their liberty.
Robot: Based on our biometric analysis of your shower habits, Carrie, we find an 83.739-percent probability of future antisocial behavior. Prepare for social-threat neutralization.
Carrie: (Screams)
Narrator: You see, my dear friends, the true monster of your worst nightmares may not be a vampire or a zombie or a werewolf. It may be the shiny metal object you're watching this video on.

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