Saturday, January 11, 2020

A strange, scary new world is coming towards us - where tiny, invisible sensors will be all around us - will it spell a full end to privacy? [COMPACTIDEA]

  • OnePlus phone whose camera module can be hidden behind a glass that changes its colors. You won't know that there are cameras and/or other sensors behind such glass. You won't even know that a particular glass is of such type.
  • Behind-the-display / under-display cameras in smartphones without any visible notch or hole. Eventually one will never be able to be sure that there isn't an "invisible" camera lurking behind the innocent-looking displays of phones, TVs, maybe even somewhere inside home appliances such as washing machines or air-conditioners. Privacy loss as well as spying / surveillance will increase massively. Females, in particular, will be negatively affected if all those 'hidden cam', 'spy cam', voyeur type photos and videos start to be collected and spread. One example is if there are such concealed cameras planted in changing rooms / trial rooms for clothes, or in bathrooms / toilets / washrooms.
  • A camera that can shoot at a trillion FPS [or several trillion FPS]. Nothing can be hidden from this.
  • As of Jan'20, passenger cars are increasingly and forcibly getting "connected". Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, proprietary platforms such as NissanConnect or Honda Connect, microphones, touch screens, voice commands, live GPS location tracking of a car, inbuilt maps, bluetooth streaming, diagnostics and data logging, even 4G network connections are increasingly being added to cars. No one's giving options to disable these if one wants to [using hardware, not using fake 'soft' switches]. Round-the-clock tracking is becoming the norm. The good old cars of yesterday which quite simply just didn't track you in any way whatsoever are disappearing.
    • And yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. Upcoming electric and self-driving cars with tentacles of Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Google/Microsoft deeply penetrated into their systems will take tracking, spying and surveillance to an unprecedented level, justified by the ever-familiar excuses of "personalization" and "safety/security".
      • In particular, self-driving cars are an especially-worrying menace because in a way these are like remotely-controlled military drones. The American government could assassinate anyone it wanted to with sufficient plausible deniability by causing a genuine-looking accident or malfunction of a self-driving car. No logging. No one will know. Nonstop face recognition and voice matching in the car's passenger cabin will of course deeply assist with locating and tracking the target person(s). [The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars - Patrick Lin]
  • Tiny, beetle-mounted camera, Jul'20. [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

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