You might have heard by now that the National Security Agency is spying on people. I know…what a big surprise! Apparently they have been saving people’s cell phone records and getting access to some servers here and there all in the name of stopping terrorists from killing you. Driving into work today I listened to their plans to open a $1 billion+ facility in Utah. Apparently it can save 100 years worth of everyones communication. I was really surprised about how they plan on saving more than just your random phone calls to grandma, or your email asking for more toilet paper in the loo. The list of information they will be mining on working Americans is quite extensive.
They’ll be collecting and saving your IQ, allergies, social security number, which colleges rejected and accepted you, hobbies, work evaluations, how many days you are sick and why you were sick, when you leave for work and how long it takes you to get there, whether or not you are pregnant, your email address, any mental condition, whether you are registered to vote, your illicit drug abuse history, address of your boss, list of single parents, whether or not you were in a sorority, your progress towards promotions, your mother’s education level, union status, eyesight, whether or not you have received public assistance, hearing status, your class rank, iris scan, personality traits, resume, what financial aid you received, religious affiliation and almost 400 other points of data.
If you have been following the story, you know that the guy who exposed the spying doesn’t even work for the NSA but for a subcontractor. I guess that in some way I am ok with him having that information since somebody in the government thought he was responsible enough to have some serious top-secret clearance. Sharing all that information with random companies will in the long run just make us safer.
I guess it’s ok, since after all, they are trying to save us from a horrible death.
***EDITORS NOTE 6/10/13***
I would like to apologize for a mistake in the above post. The information that is being collected is accurate, but I inadvertently said it was the National Security Agency that was collecting it. It is the Department of Education that is spearheading the collection of the data on your kids from the moment they are born until they are adults and beyond. I still guess it’s ok because most of the companies they are hiring to share and collect the data are funded or influenced by Bill Gates who is a pretty smart guy. Sharing all that information with random companies will in the long run make us score higher on tests.
I guess it’s ok, since after all, they are doing it for our own benefit so that our kids will be more marketable employees in the future.
IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT GETTING YOUR CELL PHONE RECORDS, WHY ARE YOU OK WITH CORPORATIONS COLLECTING MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON YOUR CHILD FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIFE?