I have a very high tech method of stopping spies switching my camera on , a piece of masking tape over the camera.There was a discussion similar to this on R4 yesterday, talking about facial recognition cameras etc. Personally I don't care about that, I see it as a useful tool in the fight against crime.
What I object to is businesses using my personal data for commercial purposes, in particular to target me directly. That's one of the reasons I run an ad-blocker. I've visited websites that insist I switch off my ad-blocker before looking at the content. They can fvck off, I just go elsewhere. I don't need them more than they need me.
My laptop camera is switched off in the software and my AV will prevent any attempt to connect it to the internet without my approval. I know cyber whizzkids can easily overcome that but if I was overly bothered I'd physically disconnect it from the motherboard and colour over the lens with a permanent marker.
Before I got my first mobile phone I thought it odd that some people would want to carry a telephone around with them everywhere they went. Now you're odd if you don't. I know that we can be tracked by our mobile signal, and that's the trade-off, but I don't enable the internet or wifi unless I specifically want to use it, and haven't downloaded any apps. It also massively saves the battery time. The only apps installed on my phone is the bloatware already embedded when I bought it. I only ever use Bluetooth when I'm in the car and then not all the time.
I don't have store loyalty cards, I don't have a smart TV, or Alexa or any of that shite, I don't have internet connected kettles, toasters, fridges or robotic vacuum cleaners. I don't do online shopping or have Netflix etc, or have an Amazon or Ebay account.
My social media is limited to the odd forum like ARRSE and occasional glimpses on facecvnt, although I rarely post anything on that platform. FB & news media is just full of click bait and targeted advertising. I avoid responding to it as much as humanly possible.
I know that in this electronic age connectivity to the internet is almost as essential as having running water and electricity to the house. I know that it's impossible to have a zero digital footprint and I'm not paranoid like Gene Hackman's character in Enemy of the State, but I do know that commercial companies want to track us and analyse our data for commercial gain. If I can minimise the data they harvest from me I will.
Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army basesAnd do any of you with "fitness trackers" know that you don't own the data that you upload to the app? Read the T&Cs.
I bet there is a pigeon hole for that very type of consumer. It's only for targeted ads right now, but post brexit it will be forwarded to you GP for rationing your NHS, AKA 'Trump Wellbeing Services Ltd'This doesn't work on people like me as there isn't a pigeon hole called "alcoholic miser'.
The problem is that technology affords the hard of thinking with the opportunity to jump to conclusions, without legal checks and balances.
Example: Frank's data suggests he visits to Off Licence every day. Does this prove he is an unemployable alcoholic? What if Frank goes there as his girlfriend works there, or perhaps he buys a healthy fruit drink on his way to work?
That's me fooked.But what about Frank's multiple visits to the car park at the bottle bank? His erratic driving? The excessive sweat recorded in his fingerprint when he accessed the security panel? His poor health results? His multiple use of his debit card at half a dozen other off licences?
I dont use loyalty cards, try to use cash and dont have a smart phone. My satnav doesn't do live updates. I must be invisible.
What he said, no smart phone, no lap top, no tablet or loyalty cards, use mainly cash, and my 6 year old sat-nav was last used over a year ago, I prefer big maps, more information. The house computer has never been used for on line shopping, banking, pay pal, gum tree, face page twater, or any social media, nowadays its just ARRSE.