Dark Clouds: The Great Smart Phone Fingerprint Heist
We have traded our privacy over to big corporations like Apple and Samsung for smart phones. We got hooked on these smart phones and no longer care about the potential consequences to our privacy. Even after learning of improprieties where these very companies have shared our personal data with government agencies…like the National Security Agency (NSA). As their technology matured it opened the door for more data to be captured.
Now every current and new generation of smart phones comes equipped with a bio-metric component which captures fingerprints. We are now freely sharing our fingerprints in a database which could be shared with the NSA. Law enforcement agencies have caught on and purchased mobile fingerprint scanning devices which checks against the county’s fingerprint database.
The nefarious possibilities with smart phone fingerprint databases is you can be identified while never having been arrested. This is a clear invasion of personal privacy when companies like Google and Apple forward these databases to the NSA. We must rethink our reliance with technology because it is truly a double edged sword.
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.
Most of us have nothing to worry about, but if you are a person of interest you can be identified with your smart phone scanned fingerprint having never been arrested. These giant corporations have opened up their servers and database management servers to the NSA which is extremely disturbing. There is most likely synchronized data packages being sent directly to NSA servers from these smart phone manufacturers.
While Americans are arguing over a confederate flag our private lives are being monitored through our smart phones. So clearly it is not just our fingerprints we are sharing. You should also be very weary of cloud storage because you are storing your private and personal data on servers you do not control.
What is to stop them for sharing your data or monitoring you through your account? Soon there will be no need to follow you (if you were a person of interest) but only monitor your server accounts in the cloud. Is the mark of the beast going to be technology? It very well could be and only time will tell. In the meantime, let’s start to think of the consequences before we rush to adopt new technological features.