You've heard enough about Big Brother to last a lifetime, so I've renamed him Super Snooper to spare you cliche during this discussion.
Super Snooper, (Big Brother), is using terrorism as an excuse to spy on everyone, scan their irises, print their fingers, record their movements and assign threat levels to each and every one of us. The latest announcement from airline industry tells us of testing of a huge new database full of facial recognition files, credit card activity records, airline seating charts, travel histories, driver licenses, social security numbers, bank records, employment records and any other "relevant" information they deem necessary to track terrorists.
The computer all this information is stored on is capable of noting who you sit near on plane and if you know anyone else on passenger list. It knows if you've been sleeping. It knows if you're awake. It knows if you've been bad or good. So be good for goodness sakes! Super Snooper knows all-in name of security and safety. I hope everything it knows is, not only true, but unfailingly correct in it's conclusions drawn from everything stored in those really deep data piles.
Snooper sniffs slightest whiff of smelly actions and, using predictive behavior models, assigns a threat level to you and me and dear old Auntie Mabel. Well, that's O.K. with me! It's all in our best interest, right? Security and safety are more important than protecting privacy, right? Right?!
Lest you think I'm exaggerating, hop over to Washington Post story from February 1, at link below and review it for yourself.
It's not just terrorism that is putting security in news headlines and privacy on backburner. This week Microsoft announced appointment of a new Security Czar who takes helm as their top privacy protector on April Fools Day. Scott Charney is a former Department of Justice Cybercrime cop who calls top security job at Microsoft, "Irresistable."