On this Independence Day, Big Brother is no longer fiction. Sophisticated, sensitive recording devices surround you virtually everywhere you go. Enemy spies are everywhere (not really, but they might as well be). They are all carrying sophisticated surveillance devices. These same spies dutifully report the most mundane of events in public and private life. Big Brother is YOU and everyone around you.
“Every step you take, every move you make” is being recorded and can and will be used against you. (The irony of the song being by The Police is profound, incidentally.). Even children can be your downfall because starter phones now record high-quality movies, images and sounds and broadcast them to the entire world in seconds.
Smartphones Can Do It All
That smartphone in your hand is a super-powered multimedia communication device capable of spreading information to the entire planet. It is undeniably a great technological tool, but it can be your enemy.
Combine these powerful technologies and data with social media, and you have a perfect storm for cops to see who you know, what you like, where you are likely to be, and much, much more. Proliferation of social media means anyone who interacts with you online could be connected to law enforcement.
Even the specter of Big Brother in George Orwells’ 1984 couldn’t match the pervasiveness of smartphones.
What you may not know is the law is probably not going to be on your side for these kinds of matters.
Play It Smart
Your friends and family can help cops and prosecutors convict you or revoke your bail. Your friends unwittingly can betray you. At the very least, you have to realize they can. You may even betray yourself by disclosing information online.
Now that you know, try to be mindful of possible consequences from going about modern life with your smartphone. Be responsible with all technology.