I'd love to see what type of phones you are all using.This!!
“The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. It was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately.”
― George Orwell, 1984
“Once the government can demand of a publisher the names of the purchasers of his publications, the free press as we know it disappears. Then the spectre of a government agent will look over the shoulder of everyone who reads. The purchase of a book or pamphlet today may result in a subpoena tomorrow. Fear of criticism goes with every person into the bookstall. The subtle, imponderable pressures of the orthodox lay hold. Some will fear to read what is unpopular, what the powers-that-be dislike. When the light of publicity may reach any student, any teacher, inquiry will be discouraged. The books and pamphlets that are critical of the administration, that preach an unpopular policy in domestic or foreign affairs, that are in disrepute in the orthodox school of thought will be suspect and subject to investigation. The press and its readers will pay a heavy price in harassment. But that will be minor in comparison with the menace of the shadow which government will cast over literature that does not follow the dominant party line. If the lady from Toledo can be required to disclose what she read yesterday and what she will read tomorrow, fear will take the place of freedom in the libraries, book stores, and homes of the land. Through the harassment of hearings, investigations, reports, and subpoenas government will hold a club over speech and over the press."
[United States v. Rumely, 345 U.S. 41 (1953)]”
― William O. Douglas
Just some food for thought!!!!
Anyone Concerned of being tracked or simply fed-up with Google ads?As an IT person, I have told people for years to that if you can say a word and the device responds, then by design its listening all the time. No thanks, I will not have any of those in my house.
As far as OnStar goes, I have had that for years and the safety aspects to me outweigh the other concerns. One funny story though... years ago I had an Oldsmobile Bravada with OnStar. I was parked in a parking lot eating lunch between client visits. I guess my straw on my cup somehow hit the Red emergency button that was on the bottom of the rearview mirror and I didn't notice. So there I was eating by myself and of course not talking but I am sure making other noises. Suddenly a loud voice shouts out "Mr. Spencer we can hear you are you OK? We have emergency services in route your location!" I about crapped my pants because it took me a second to realize it was the OnStar operator and not God or someone else!
Needless to say my biggest injury was embarrassment. Then hurriedly telling the OnStar folks to cancel calling the ambulance.
Turning off location won't help.
Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled
Default password on their home routers, email passwords that are their first name and birth year.Smartphones. All of them.