In the Robert Rodriguez movie “Machete”, the lead character “Machete” played by Danny Trejo, utters the famous or perhaps infamous line, “Machete, don’t text!”
Like Machete, I don’t text or Tweet either. Don’t bother sending me text messages because I don’t read those either.
Therefore it should not come as a surprise that, I don’t want a stinkin’ iPhone or Blackberry or ‘Droid.
I don’t spend hours pouring over a phone playing games. (I have a ‘puter for that one). I have an actual GPS in the car.
I don’t even use the phone’s camera. Why would I with both a compact digital and a DSLR?
I use the phone to make freakin’ phone calls. I almost never make those calls while driving.
If that makes me a friend of Ned Ludd, so be it.
I don’t wander through life oblivious to my environment because I am wearing ear buds either as that violates a major martial arts rule of self defense. Be aware of your environment so you can avoid danger.
So why am I not surprised to learn people are paying big bucks so they can carry around a device that lets the police and other agencies track them?
I mean I’m pretty oblivious when it comes to noticing how I get used as a willing participant in my own oppression and I’m only slightly more aware of the corporate mind fucking that gets us to buy expensive crap on credit thereby increasing the hold the rich have on us, but I read enough to question authority and I wouldn’t have one of those Smart Phones if my service provider gave it to me with six months free feature usage.
I don’t know about others but, there is something about the mentality of “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” that just plan seems incomparable with any sort of concept of personal freedom.
Ripped from Today’s headlines…
From Truth Dig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/starship_america_20110419/
By Juan Cole
April 19, 2011
President Barack Obama is actually siding with police who want to use GPS devices to track you without a warrant. It always disturbed me when on “Star Trek” the captain asked the ship’s computer where a crew member was and was told the person’s exact location. Even civilians such as the ship’s physician and the empathy counselor were not immune from these inquiries, the answers to which could after all sometimes have been embarrassing. Is America heading toward being one big star ship, where government officials can casually inquire at will into our whereabouts and private doings?
Among the many elements of the Obama administration that have disappointed civil libertarians is its interest in spying on Americans. The Bush administration had instituted massive warrantless wiretapping and gathering of telephone records, with the complicity of most telecom corporations. Those who care about the Bill of Rights had hoped that Eric Holder’s Department of Justice would take a stand for the Fourth Amendment, which should be on the endangered species list along with the golden tree frog and the St. Helena dragonet.
The administration is appealing a Washington, D.C., federal appeals court ruling that threw out the case that law enforcement had built against a suspected cocaine distributor because the officers attached a global positioning satellite tracking device to his automobile without a warrant and then followed his movements for a whole month. That they tracked the suspect for so long without bothering to involve a judge was one basis for the ruling.
Supporters of warrantless surveillance of this sort argue that a person’s movements in public are not protected by the Fourth Amendment. But GPS tracking is very precise and can follow a car everywhere—onto farms or estates and into enclosed garages on private property. If there is evidence that a crime is being committed in, say, a garage, then a warrant should be obtained from a judge. In the absence of such evidence it is unconstitutional for the government to monitor the precise location of a piece of private property being driven on or parked on private property.
Continue reading at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/starship_america_20110419/
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/iphone-tracking-prompts-privacy-fears
iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go
Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner’s movements
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 20 April 2011
Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronised.
The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.
For some phones, there could be almost a year’s worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update to the phone’s operating system, released in June 2010.
“Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been,” said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.
Only the iPhone records the user’s location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. “Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google’s] Android phones and couldn’t find any,” said Warden. “We haven’t come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this.”
Simon Davies, director of the pressure group Privacy International, said: “This is a worrying discovery. Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone’s life – just think where people go in the evening. The existence of that data creates a real threat to privacy. The absence of notice to users or any control option can only stem from an ignorance about privacy at the design stage.”
Continue reading at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/iphone-tracking-prompts-privacy-fears
And here’s the reaction of a real freedom loving Democrat, Al Franken
From AmericaBlog: http://networkedblogs.com/gWZvs
Sen. Franken calls for investigation of Apple iPhone spying
by Gaius Publius
Democratic Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota, fired off a letter [pdf] to Apple CEO Steve Jobs late Wednesday demanding to know why the company’s iPhones and iPads are reportedly compiling secret data tracking customers’ whereabouts when they use or carry their devices.
A self-described hacker and a former Apple employee say they recently discovered secret lines of code in Apple’s latest operating system known as IOS-4 and, in an article released Wednesday, say it contains data showing consumers’ whereabouts every time they use or even just carry a web enabled iPhone or iPad. … The Minnesota Democrat wants to know why Apple is collecting the data, how it is generated, why it’s not encrypted, and why Apple customers, “were never affirmatively informed of the collection and retention of their location data.”
Franken also asks Jobs to explain who this information has been disclosed to, including Apple.
This is a big deal, and quite possibly the tip of the iceberg. As John said originally, this has Homeland Security written all over it.
Our original coverage is here; click for the background and more information on the app that lets you see this hidden file. Our follow-up is here, on how this hidden iPhone data appears to be accessed by Michigan police during traffic stops.