ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE MEANS PRIVACY IS OBSOLETE
ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE HAS DRAMATICALLY DECREASED INDIVIDUAL PRIVACY
Ann Cavoukian, Ph. D, Info. and Privacy Commission in Ontario, and Don Tapscott, Alliance for Converging Technologies, 1997; WHO KNOWS, EE 2001 -mfp p. 51-52
Cyberspace is the electronic airways and information residing in electronic or digital form, capable of being transmitted online via networked communications. Novelist William Gibson coined this term, referring to it as "lines of nonlight ... the total data on all the networked computers in the world." What it enables people to do can be chilling. That's where "little brother" comes in - a far more powerful and, some would argue, more effective form of intrusive surveillance. Electronic surveillance may be more powerful than the type of physical surveillance (watching, listening) envisioned by Orwell in that it is invisible, as were the ever-watchful eyes in I Bentham's model. And most people don't know about the existence of electronic surveillance; they don't know that they're being robbed of their privacy. And if you don't believe how much information about you can be found through the push of a few computer keys or the click of a mouse, think again. In Privacy for Sale, Jeffrey Rothfedder chronicles a seemingly endless array of databases that anyone with a computer, a modem, and a little know-how can gain easy access to. Monitoring and tracking your movements, transactions, and communications (referred to as transaction-generated information) with this inner form. of surveillance may indeed be more insidious than the surveillance envisioned by Orwell. In the world of Big Brother, the fact of being watched could not be escaped; its existence was abundantly clear to all. In today's world, however, this is seldom the case. With massive data collection and computer linkages of diverse databases, little may remain private, but the invisible nature of much of this activity makes it more insidious, because you don't know it's taking place. In Undercover, Professor Gary Marx skillfully analyzes how this electronic or "new surveillance" is more extensive, decentralized, involuntary, and invisible (or of lesser visibility). The invisible nature of this activity heightens the capacity for surveillance and the gradual but steady erosion of your privacy.
WE HAVE TELESCREENS WATCHING US ALL THE TIME, JUST LIKE IN THE BOOK 1984
SIMON DAVIES; London School of Economics, The Houston Chronicle, June 27, 1999, SECTION: OUTLOOK; Pg. 1 TITLE: Big Brother Lives // acs-VT2001
In Orwell's fictional Oceania, a mass of "telescreens," complete with microphones and speakers, watched over every square inch of public and private space. These devices, centrally monitored, began their life as public information systems, and ended up policing the morals, thoughts and behavior of all citizens. They enforced the will of the state.
Compare this with the present day, where hundreds of thousands of cameras have been placed on buses, trains and elevators. Many people now expect to be routinely filmed from the moment they leave the front gate. Hidden cameras are now being installed unhindered in cinemas, alongside roads, in bars, dressing rooms and housing developments. Once viewed as a blunt tool of surveillance, such devices in the space of 15 years have become a benign, integral part of the urban infrastructure. It is the integration of surveillance with our day-to-day environment that is most telling. And it is the passive acceptance of the surveillance that Orwell feared most.
CHEAP VIDEO CAMERAS WILL MAKE PRIVACY IMPOSSIBLE
JEFF KUNERTH, The Houston Chronicle, August 22, 1999, SECTION: A; Pg. 16 TITLE: Trust, privacy endangered; Society's advances in technology could threaten way of life // acs-EE2001
Early in the next century, instead of cameras hidden inside teddy bears or desk lamps, low-cost disposable cameras will transmit pictures via the Internet to computers.
"We're going to be in a world where for $ 5 or $ 10 you'll be able to buy a video camera you can stick on the wall with Velcro and broadcast to your computer," said David Pearce Snyder, lifestyle editor for The Futurist magazine. "You could buy them by the gobs and stick them in every room in the house."
GPS SYSTEMS AND CAMERAS ALREADY CAN TRACK YOU
RICHARD DES RUISSEAUX, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY.), January 19, 1999, SECTION: FORUM Pg.07A TITLE: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE YEAR 2000 PRIVACY RETREATS AS TECHNOLOGY HURTLES FORWARD Hysteria' // acs-EE2001
It's not a great leap from there to wonder if a Global Positioning System in your car also could be used to compile a record of your movements, or remote roadway cameras, which are already being employed by police in some states to photograh and identify speeding vehicles, whose owners then receive a ticket in the mail. There are also cameras in the workplace and in public areas, such as airports and malls, that are intended to increase security but also could diminish privacy.