Kiss your civil liberties goodbye. Say farewell to your human rights. Arrivederci to your dignity and privacy. This year is the year that all rights to freedom and privacy will be taken away.
2016 will go down in history as an important year. It will forever be known as the year that the average citizen became a slave to their government master. Not in a figuratively speaking sense either. But an actual, real, tangible, working slave.
What’s worst of all is that you didn’t even agree to become a slave. I didn’t want to become a slave. None of us wanted to be slaves. But we all will be. Slaves to the cronies in their protected world of government. Slaves to their greed, gluttony for power, and their personal egos.
You my friend are a 21st century slave, and you didn’t even see it coming.
Perhaps the question you’re thinking right now is, ‘How? How did I become a slave and not see it coming?’ In fact, you might be self-employed. You might work for the private sector. Heck, you might not even work. You might be living the good life in retirement.
So how do you become a slave to the government without actively knowing or doing anything to support it?
This might sound crazy. But coming from a tech analyst, you should heed this warning. You see, you’re a slave to the government because you exist and you have technology.
I bet you $100 that…
Around the world as you read this, governments are looking to pervade and infiltrate your life. They’ll never openly admit it. But it’s happening. It’s been happening since the beginning of time. But they never really had the reach, the resources, and definitely not the technology to do it properly.
Now they do. Everyone in the developed world has a smartphone. Well most people have a smartphone. Or if they don’t have a smartphone they have a computer. Maybe a laptop. Maybe a TV, a phone, a car, something, anything that connects to the internet.
In fact I will wager $100 that you have at least one device that has access to the internet. Of course this bet is rigged in my favour. You’re reading this online or via email. So I win.
Anyway the point is that the internet, for all its good intentions, is a place of evil. Don’t get me wrong, I think the internet is the greatest invention since electricity. If the internet weren’t dependant on electricity then I’d call it the best invention ever.
Still, the internet is an incredibly powerful tool. More powerful than any weapon of mass destruction, any gun, any drug, any politician. When used as a weapon, the internet can do damage that nothing else can compare to.
Every device that connects to the internet today is a portal for the prying eyes of the government. Every time you log on somewhere, look at something, call, text, Snapchat, Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, Instagram or swipe someone, you are leaving breadcrumbs of data behind.
You are leaving a footprint of yourself everywhere you go. Anytime you connect online, share a piece of your life, you paint a picture of yourself.
The government wants your data. They want it all. And you’re coughing it up to them at every chance you get, and you didn’t even realise it.
So why do governments want data? Simple. They want to know about you. They want to know what you like, don’t like, where you go, who you go there with. They want to know what your friends like, what you like individually, what you like as a collective.
They want to find dirt on you, profile you, lock you up and throw away the key if they think — if they just think —you are a credible threat to them.
This isn’t something I’ve just decided to be true either. The government is actively pursuing the data from smartphones in the US. Sure you’ve heard about the San Bernardino shooting iPhone. How the US government want Apple to unlock it so the government can access the data.
But what you didn’t know is that there are far more attempts from the government to access information. Most of them go unnoticed.
However, the New York Times reports,
‘In a report covering the first six months of 2015, Apple said it had received nearly 11,000 requests from government agencies worldwide for information on roughly 60,000 devices, and it provided some data in roughly 7,100 instances.’
I was surprised to learn how many times Apple had complied. But then again, maybe it’s not so surprising. Sure, right now Apple is getting praise for saying ‘no’ in setting a dangerous precedent by weakening security for the government to access data. But in reality, they bend where they have to.
The government’s stance on accessing data is clear. Speaking on CNBC’s ‘Power Lunch’ former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said, ‘I think it’s necessary to make sure that we don’t create technology safe zones and safe havens for terrorists and criminals.’
Be afraid of what’s coming, very afraid
Apparently, to the government everyone’s a terrorist until proven not to be. And that’s exactly why they shouldn’t have access to data. If the courts rule in favour of the government, we’re all stuffed. Pandora’s box is wide open.
When the government can hide behind the façade of ‘national security’ to invade your privacy, your personal space, to enslave you and your data, then we’re all doomed.
But let’s not forget you can do something about it. The only people who can put a stop to government spying are you, us, society. How? Speak with your right to vote for elected representatives. Your right to call and demand answers from your local parliamentarian.
If the government decides to access our information, then we should decide to access theirs. If they want our data, we want theirs. The voice of many shouting at once can be incredibly powerful.
What’s this all got to do though with your money, investing and your financial freedom? Everything. There is no financial freedom if the government knows everything you do, all the time, and manipulates you from afar.
With the data they want access to they could predict you’re a likely terror suspect. They could also predict you’ll make too much money, and predictively tax you. Imagine that as a future. Don’t worry about predictive policing, worry about predictive taxing.
Might sound far-fetched and crazy. But then again so did the idea the Donald Trump might actually have a shot at Presidency. Be afraid of what’s coming, very afraid.