Tuesday 12 December 2017

All that you say and do can be used against you

Taken together, all of your mundane online transactions add up to a whole lot of information

MONITORING: A security guard watches surveillance screens. Photo: JR Bale
MONITORING: A security guard watches surveillance screens. Photo: JR Bale
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

There's a positive side to the snooping of the ubiquitous camera. Last week, when some PSNI officers found a woman lying, apparently drunk, in the middle of a road, they – dangerously, stupidly and incredibly – shifted her into a bus lane and moved on. Caught on camera phone. Anyone who saw and reported such an event without hard evidence would be dismissed as a crank, or an anti-police subversive.

Knowing that whatever you do can be broadcast internationally, within minutes, should give people such as those PSNI officers second thoughts, when they encounter similar circumstances.

Far more often, it's our momentary lapses and excesses that are posted online for public amusement. This, however, is no more than a toy version of the truly dangerous surveillance tools of the State and the corporate sector.

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