Gone are the days when in my traditional African setting, we used to gather late in the evening to catch a glimpse of a black and white TV. That was about fifteen years back. At the moment, everything has changed. Nevertheless, I believe it was opposite in the west.
But, even so, the innovation of technology has taken the world by storm. Nowadays, everyone is talking about the internet and internet-related gadgets.
For instance, if you visit the majority of houses, you will find fridges, toasters, and many other devices featuring connectivity features. Back in the 1980s, we used to install cameras and microphones in our homes by ourselves. That’s a fact!
When technology was at its inceptive stage, who knew the devices, we are using will be used to spy on us? In my opinion, I believe no one ever thought about it.
Nevertheless, the harsh reality is that we have to live it. Cyber security, murder, rape cases, and another form of inhuman behaviors are on the rise. For this reason, the government and police want to get access to this kind of crime and prosecute those behind it.
I want to point out that if you are concerned about your privacy, know that whatever device you might be using, might be spying on you.
Talking of spy, the majority is aware of this; on the other hand, there is a fraction of people who are green on this. That is to say, that device you are using that is internet based might or is spying on you.
In my opinion, the government might have done this to make its work easier. On the contrary, it’s infringing user’s privacy.
And if the legislation has to pass a policy to legalize the inclusion of surveillance software in all electronics devices, I believe few will be willing to purchase them. But, as a matter of fact, different governments have used or forced their way to plant surveillance software.
For instance, The German Federal Police forced their way into people’s computers to wiretap. It was about five years ago and discovered last year. In my opinion, it gives the public a negative view towards the government. Still, there will be a brutal conflict of interest.
At this point, there are several aspects connected to this.
- One, what if the government decides to install surveillance tools on crime suspects tools? As a matter of fact, the majority will support the move. Isn’t it a bold move?
- Two, what if surveillance gets activated by law enforcement bodies? In connection with the above case, this will force listening to the entire conversation. Besides, it has to keep an eye on you. It’s a total violation of privacy, or in other words, the privacy concept is limited.
- Third, how about if your devices are used legally against you? It means the law enforcement has to break through your equipment and take full control. No doubt, this is a different case. In other words, it sounds like the government is investing in its equipment to infringe your rights. Does that even make sense?
- Fourth, what if the law enforcement contracts a third-party like Google or Amazon to wiretap all your devices?
- Fifth, what of the global intelligence where a country hacks another country surveillance system? Is this a violation of another country own policy or is up to the country to be responsible for its security and assets?
In my opinion, the technology industry is waking up to the harsh reality of cyber-crime. Other industries adding connectivity features to their products should consider the privacy of the user.
If not, we are all vulnerable to one form of crime or another. Still, your security is a responsibility that should start with you.