I have used my google account for 12 years.
My apple account not as much but 10 years.
Microsoft account not as much but maybe 14-15 years on the same account.
There has been an android device in my home or pocket for about the last 8 years.
The entire time the true face of surveillance is being revealed (whistle-blowers like Snowden and Klein, or fcc overseer finding fcc selling location data, customs border third party camera breach, on and on and on, Equifax, Carnegie Mellon, etc ad naseum)…
My point is: How reasonable a fear is it that something I read or invest in or travel I do or hobbies I like some day becoming illegal and myself or family being harmed by these records I of my activity I cannot purge?
Every day for me starts by at least one threat assessment and I know that I am a nice, peaceful good person who won’t ever harm anyone and wants everyone else to remain safe and have food and power and place to stay and meds access if they need. I am very pro peace and anti drug war and have lived all over the world. Not into anything bad, but to take email or metadata out of context, the case can be made.
Look at this just from my google history: I like reading about the middle east and I am interested in survivalist way of life, so these gun ads get emailed to me real account. I don’t own guns don’t plan on getting one but it looks like I am shopping and the catalog sells guns that look like they are full auto machine guns (they aren’t).
Also I thought I was careful making a through away account in a fake name not from ip on my continent on Israeli portal site all in Hebrew to sign up for dating sites, crypto exchanges now defunct, and gambling sites I never used, things I didn’t want associated with my USA tax paying persona.
None of it breaks laws on the books currently, but now Spokeo and lots of datamining aggregates have linked the fake Israeli email to correlate with my name, all emails and landlines, my moms home address, my dads home address, all other info that points right at me.
Even if I shut down all the accounts the info leads right to me. I “deactivated” my facebook years ago and still find data from that all over.
So how much of a concern is this 10, 20, 25 years from now if I live that long and society still standing?
Any way to mitigate some awful Phillip K Dick dystopian arrest for retroactive thought-crime?
PS - not interested in anyone’s middle east analysis, just using it as an example of how my tastes can be viewed by oligarchs in USA, etc western states
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