The technologies we rely on, both new and old, are now very effective tools that both governments and private firms are using to gather, analyze, store, and sell information about our private lives, habits, purchases, whereabouts, and even thoughts and beliefs. But some of this invasion of privacy pays a welcome dividend in convenience and power in our own lives. Where do we draw the line, and how can we use this potentially-invasive technology for our benefit, without sacrificing our private lives to commerce?
‘The Spyware World, Page 1’
Successful political regimes have always relied on effective intelligence networks. Knowing other people’s secrets helped rulers thwart internal plots against them and helped undermine enemy countries. Before the 19th century, spycraft consisted almost entirely of physically infiltrating personal meetings, intercepting written communications, eavesdropping, and extracting information from people by interrogation.
Security, Privacy, Spyware, Surveillance, Technology