iOS and Android Devices Targeted by Long-Time Well-funded Surveillance Operation with Data Possibly Sold to Law Enforcement and Governments

By B.N. Frank

According to ArsTechnica.com, this operation was carefully designed and included multiple stages.  Audio, contacts, location, and more was stolen for years.  The article reads like an intricate suspense-thriller plot.  Smartphone owners may feel a little creeped out – even if they haven’t been arrested.

Unfortunately, even non-smartphone users are being subjected to involuntary surveillance through 5G, The Internet of Things (IoT), and utility “Smart” Meters (See 1, 2, 3). In fact, utility “Smart” Meter data was already granted to law enforcement officials for a criminal investigation.  Does that seem like violation of privacy to you?

Even worse – utility “Smart” Meter data collection has been proven to be inaccurate much of the time.  In fact, these meters have so many problems –including fires and explosions – that a documentary was produced about them called Take Back Your Power.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has a 74% failure rate so accuracy isn’t a guarantee with it either.

Even though some people may not mind giving up their privacy to use new technology, obviously this isn’t its only issue.

Image credit: Pixabay


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