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The Whole POINT of the Internet of Things Is So Big Brother Can Spy On You

• by Washington**Q**s Blog

The CIA wants to spy on you through your dishwasher and other "smart" appliances. Slate reported in 2012:

Watch out: the CIA may soon be spying on you—through your beloved, intelligent household appliances, according to Wired.

In early March, at a meeting for the CIA's venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, CIA Director David Petraeus reportedly noted that "smart appliances" connected to the Internet could someday be used by the CIA to track individuals. If your grocery-list-generating refrigerator knows when you're home, the CIA could, too, by using geo-location data from your wired appliances, according to SmartPlanet.

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"The current 'Internet of PCs' will move, of course, toward an 'Internet of Things'—of devices of all types—50 to 100 billion of which will be connected to the Internet by 2020," Petraeus said in his speech. He continued:

Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters—all connected to the next-generation Internet using abundant, low cost, and high-power computing—the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.

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Comment by Ed Price
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The Internet?!! The whole telephone system was developed a hundred years ago for this. Sure, Alexander Bell and others who developed the phone may have only been looking for profit. Some of them might have even been looking for ways to help humanity. But the development finances came from people looking to get information by spying on the public. In 1990 Phil Zimmerman developed PGP (encryption) for emails and computer files. Has it been added to phones, yet? Why not? It could have been long ago. Because the whole phone system is there to get private info from unsuspecting "sheep," mostly for marketing purposes. How much more the Internet?

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