Digital surveillance comes in many forms. The traditional kind, where governments spy on you as you move around the Internet, is the easiest to take measures against. A good VPN will help obfuscate which sites you visit and provide added encryption for part of the connection.
Far more difficult to fend off is the surveillance of most online advertising. As numerous PIA blog posts have discussed, the websites you log in to routinely gather substantial amounts of data. This information is typically aggregated by companies like Facebook and Google into detailed profiles of who we are and what we do.
If current surveillance and tracking capabilities weren’t enough, we may have to worry about miniature radar chips tracking our real-time behavior. This is what Google’s Project Soli is about and the capability is being built into most of Google’s products, including their smartphones and smart home products.
New Technology, New Tracking
More recently, technological advances have meant that video surveillance cameras are now so cheap and powerful that they can be deployed on a huge scale in cities and public buildings. The video cameras found in offices and home automation systems are also a risk, as are smart speakers. As we’ve seen, Wi-Fi speakers can eavesdrop on conversations and silently send data outside the home.
Digital technology is notable for the speed of its development, so it comes as no surprise that new ways of tracking our actions are being developed, often with the best intentions on the part of