Facebook's scandal shows us once again the extent to which Internet users have been tracked. If you read about it and see exactly what the big companies have about you, you can simply depress them. Unfortunately, not just Facebook and Google are watching us online. Data about us collects thousands of advertisers or marketers, companies and services such as Instagram, Microsoft, WhatsApp, or Spotify
As a bracket here, it should be noted that some information is needed to provide us with customized services and better security on the internet. For example, Find My Phone needs the geographic coordinates of users so that they can find their phone if they are stolen or lost. Moreover, an Internet where no information is collected is an insecure place because IT security developers and service providers need data to better protect users
Under these conditions, what is to be done? Do we give up the internet and enjoy the real life, where we have intimacy? Unfortunately, here too we do not get rid of "Big Brother". Here are some ways in which states and other organizations collect data about citizens.
China builds a massive database with the faces of all citizens, who will be able to recognize anyone in three seconds. Moreover, China's rail guards have begun to be equipped with intelligent glasses. They have facial recognition technology. Policemen say the glasses help them catch criminals and suspects. According to them, technology has so far led to 7 criminals and found 26 people with false papers.
Not only the states with totalitarian regimes have such databases. The South Wales police made the first arrest of a suspect on May 31, 2017 using a facial recognition system. Hardware and software solutions were provided by the Japanese NEC. Such systems, which scan the faces, are mounted on the tubes as shown in the picture below.
These technologies are considered by many invasive people because they violate citizens' privacy rights. But in the UK, people have grown accustomed to being filmed almost everywhere. This is the country with the most public surveillance cameras in the world.
In the US, a private company collects car license plates and the main client is the US governmental organization Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to sources, the developed database is capable of collecting 100 million registration numbers per month from different sources, such as: police cars, public cameras or special vehicles
There are also private companies that collect information about online, offline and online financial services They sell it to banks, insurance companies, retailers or telecom operators. In July 2017 it was discovered that the servers of such an Equifax company were compromised, along with the data of 143 million Americans.
At the same time, many retailers have built-in camera-based, advanced camera systems that can count customers who cross their threshold one day or find out where they spend most of their time. Furthermore, platforms can provide other data, such as the average duration of a store visit.
In many countries all debit and credit card transactions are monitored and information can be accessed in real time by the authorities. At the same time, companies also collect data on how customers use their loyalty cards and gift cards whenever they are used.
Not only do our faces reach databases but also voices A few years ago, a company called SpeechPro developed a technology capable of identifying a person by voice, from millions of samples. Technology is already being used by the Mexican authorities.
Returning to the US, The Pentagon acknowledged that he used military drones to monitor civilians on "non-military" missions. According to a representative of the organization, "flights were rare and did not violate the law."