I’ve got a tech savvy friend who’s my “go to guy” on privacy issues and how they relate to technology. And when Apple came out with the iPhone 5s and my friend saw that it would be only operate after scanning the owner’s fingerprints – alarm bells went off.
And for good reason.
The iPhone 5s will still be providing GPS location data and employing several apps which datamine all sorts of information which in turn, is transmitted to the government and corporations. But now your biometric information, your fingerprints and facial structure, will be stored in a database and exploited accordingly.
I know this phone is just supposed to be operated with your fingerprints, so how did I make the leap to your facial structure/biometrics being stored?
This is how the conversation began:
I have an iPad One, which is a fossil in the world of technology, I know, but it’s the only one that does not have a built-in camera, much like my circa 2003 Mac G4 Titanium PowerBook.
What can I say? I’ve been paranoid for a very long time and don’t like the idea of having any webcams remotely operated and watching me in my home. I went to download a very popular game called “Plants vs. Zombies 2” having already mastered part 1. But I was told that the app could not be downloaded because my iPad did not have a camera.
OK, why does a video game need to watch me play?
My tech guru friend said that the feds along with their private contractor buddies are in cahoots and building giant databases that will store all our biometric information. But that what they’ve been missing is fingerprint data to go along with their facial recognition software.
Get millions of people in the name of personal security to turn over their fingerprints. I love these guys! They are going to get you to fork over hundreds of dollars for a device that is fast becoming the “Eye of Sauron.”
So what’s the big deal?
Biometric authentication can be hacked. My friend prognosticated that anyone can hack into Apple’s databases and come away with copies of your fingerprints, along with all your other identifying information that will inevitably be stored with it. And with a good enough printer, then access your iTunes account and go on shopping sprees there and steal your credit card data and continue on to more advanced forms of identity theft, causing you multiple headaches and possibly destroying your credit rating.
But that’s not what I’m worry about.
I saw the “Bourne Trilogy” of movies starring Matt Damon and there is a scene where Jason Bourne’s fingerprints are planted at the scene of a terrorist attack. You don’t think that certain entities don’t have that kind of technology? And wouldn’t hesitate to use it for nefarious purposes?
I mean, everything that was shown about the NSA’s capabilities in a 20-year old movie called “Enemy of the State” starring Gene Hackman and Will Smith courtesy of Edward Snowden has been shown to be true. So what if you were to somehow piss off the “Powers that Be”? The DEA is already using NSA information to go after dope dealers using illegally seized phone records.
What’s to stop the Government from going after anyone that gets in their way?
WE ARE SO DOOMED