The Internet is a surveillance state

CNN | March 16, 2013

By Bruce Schneier

The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him; 105 companies tracked his Internet use during one 36-hour period.

Increasingly, what we do on the Internet is being combined with other data about us. Unmasking Broadwell’s identity involved correlating her Internet activity with her hotel stays. Everything we do now involves computers, and computers produce data as a natural by-product. Everything is now being saved and correlated, and many big-data companies make money by building up intimate profiles of our lives from a variety of sources.

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3 Comments on "The Internet is a surveillance state"


    Read the list of who’s going to be “keynote” speakers at ISTAS’13.

  2. Surveillance is one thing, being able to manipulate and control people’s thoughts is quite another. This should be a far greater concern. Surveillance in itself is a control mechanism, but using a technology to implant thoughts into a persons mind to manipulate their actions, and without them knowing about it, is just down right wicked.

  3. Isn’t technology GREAT! Makes ya want to get a direct neural implant as soon as possible so you won’t be able to rest day or night!

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