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And they are enforceable!

BTC –  With the sheer volume of reporting I read daily about the loss of privacy sandwiched between the private and business sectors, it’s beginning to seem more like an invisible electronic cage than a free society.  When you fold in governments continuous legal bids for powerful technologies to surveill the public this might amplify your clipped and cagey responses on social media.

It happens at every level of public life. Corporate competitors spy on each other.  Political opponents spy on each other.  Family members spy on each other. Nosey degenerates who are bored spy on each other.      Why not?

Before I completely lose my mind, I have to be reminded that the only thing standing in the way of chaotic super surveillance societies …are laws. Privacy and technology laws do exist.  How up to date and effective these laws are will be an ongoing matter of “legal upgrades” and interpretation.

With so much up in the air I wonder – how any product marketed to the general public to surveill anyone for ~$60.00 can be legal.  You can post a digital camera anywhere.  If the government is prohibited from watching us, what stops creepy political opponents, frenemies or power trippers from getting a hold of your digital information to try to hurt you and your life?

Let’s look at the one case of a Google engineer who lost his way, and so the tale is told according to Tech Eye…

“Remember that 27 year old ex Google engineer, David Barksdale, who’s allegedly been hassling minors, not miners, with cyber-stalking and snooping? The great and mighty ‘Ogle fired him, but here’s exactly how he’s in trouble according to federal law in the US.”

There simply isn’t anything in the Constitution that protects someone’s perceived right to super surveill another’s private actions.

However, there are people who have forgotten how to care about things like laws or privacy, like the makers of digital “cookies for cars”, BUMP!

 [Did we ever mention how many of us hate it when the government wants to automatically run our license plates?]

For the record, the people who invented BUMP!’s ability to text a license plate are probably sponsors of the Darwin Awards. Combining the experience of texting and driving [illegal already in California] is a way to harm yourself.

Wait until someone registers you without your knowing, like your insurance agency or that creepy guy from statistics class.  See?  

That’s why you need privacy laws.

BTC- DNA as a biometric identifier is really considered cool by backslappy,cigar smoking croney-crats who believe you should pay them money for it. The critically uncool part of this is even DNA can be tampered with as evidence. People who have problems substantiating or recognizing evidence tampering to begin with, as they do ANY evidence, are now reaching for headache remedy.

Q. Who would tamper with DNA evidence and why?
A. Monsters.

There is so much to lose to monsters who like to eat children.

More than 51,000 DNA samples from children in West Yorkshire have been added to a controversial national database by the police, new figures reveal. To date more than 23,151 genetic profiles from youngsters aged between ten and 14 have been stored. And a further 28,169 samples have been taken from 15 to 17-year-olds by West Yorkshire Police since 2000.