Privacy, freedom, safety, profit unelected bureaucrats without accountability are all colliding with our individual rights.
Cars are being targeted.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called on commercial bus and truck manufacturers to install data recorders aka “black box” recorders.
Nearly every car manufactured after 2005 already has a black box.
Ford has cars that come standard equipped with a speed limiter device.
This is what it can do: read signs with traffic sign recognition and it adjusts speed in accordance with its readings. It doesn’t brake but adjusts the amount of fuel delivered.
These cars will tell the government your speed and where you are at all times.
They will undoubtedly be on every car sooner rather than later.
There is technology to connect all public transportation wirelessly via the Internet and we are moving towards that.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) supports all the new technologies and they work closely with the DHS because they receive very lucrative grants from them.
The American Bus Association is in support for the installation of data recorders to surveil every bus but then again the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gives $12 million in grants to them every year. They have received hundreds of millions in grants over the last decade via their Over-the-Road Bus Security Grant Program, a program overseen by the DHS. They receive other grants via the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program, also overseen by DHS.
EPIC, The Electronic Privacy Information Center is concerned about privacy and hacking. They testified to the House Oversight committee in November. “New vehicle technologies raise serious safety and privacy concerns that Congress needs to address.” EPIC has previously examined the privacy and data security implications of the Internet of Things and the “Internet of Cars”, and recommended strong safeguards for consumers. (Nov. 17, 2015).
Once they give you money, the feds own you. Why are government agencies doling out grants? It gives them and the Executive branch incredible political power and they are unelected and answerable to no one.
This all started to track drug dealers and then moved on to other crimes. It’s a lot more information about every individual than the government needs to know and there are no controls over it.
Ford Global marketing exec Jim Farley said two years ago during a panel discussion in Las Vegas, “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing. By the way, we don’t supply that data to anyone,” Business Insider reported.
“Cars are now able to track where we shop, where we eat, and where we go on family vacations, but drivers should be able to go about their daily lives without being tracked,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said in 2014, asking for guidelines and an opt-out feature.
Mark Steyn had some interesting observations five years ago.
The same thing is going on in our homes with “smart” technology and the Internet of Things.
Your smart TV knows everything you did and can tell third parties.
Price says, the TV, like your computer, has a built-in camera with facial recognition and a microphone with voice recognition features that hackers or spy agencies could use.
This is constitutionally protected information, Mr. Price reminds us, but – still – the companies get away with it. They will continue to do it until a civil liberties union wins in court or until enough people stop buying them.
Anything ‘smart”, even dishwashers and refrigerators have to be looked at with a watchful eye.
Eventually, all appliances, meters, and other objects will be wired. Basically, we will be bugging ourselves.
How much freedom will people be willing to give up for “safety”. My guess is all of it.
Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.
~ Part I, Chapter I, Nineteen Eighty-Four
The government will also control where we all live through HUD and their new housing rule. They are social engineering every suburb into a satellite of a mega-city in the worst form of totalitarianism. It’s ironic that the freest nation in the world is racing to become the least free.
President Reagan warned us about the evil empire. We have to choose between good and evil. Totalitarianism, no matter what it promises, is evil.