“Facebook, Apple and Big Brother Peep in your Bedroom at Night”
Does that title sound creepy? Good. It should.
And now, it’s real. I mean literally real. Not a movie, but real. The kind of real like when you have a severe gas pain that renders you immobile. That kind of real.
The ever-spying, ever-invasive Facebook with their nasty little tentacles that flow through and fondle your personal information and drop it in a cesspool reservoir of information that should have never left your barstool conversation has teamed up with Apple, the fascist dictator of computer hardware and its licensed software to make sure that any chances you thought you had of running away or retracting the errors of your past were forever removed. Oh, I’ll get to your government right after this, don’t worry.
First, here is the play book so you can’t say you were weren’t warned:
What is Happening Now
This is both a screenshot and a clickable image in case the F-ers at F-book decide to conceal this at some point… give it a quick read.
- the lie sold to you is that this ‘feature’ is for picking up ‘TV and Music‘. I know if you are still on Facebook or Apple you probably don’t understand the deeper workings of technology (they prey on folks like you FYI) so I’ll keep this very simple: if Facebook and Apple can use the mic on your phone to pick up audio, process it on their computers, compare it to existing data on computers around the world, and send back results, it can do the very same with your voice, the voice of anyone you are with, the sound of you spanking your rude child, the deeply religious discussion you are having, and any other ‘tv or music’ that might be around your microphone.
- they further hide this intensely peeping tom technology by means of nice, familiar branding and – OH! A smiley face!
- you ‘might’ be prompted to provide us access to your microphone. There is a small chance that we ‘might’ need access to your microphone to do a ‘few things’ in the background….
So you are thinking to yourself ‘No problem. I just won’t turn on this ‘feature’.
You’re on an iphone (correction: ‘an iphone is on you’).
And you’re in the country that has this ‘feature’ – the USA for now but likely coming to a country near you.
Which brings us to our next section…
What Will Be Happening
The Light Version (accidentally agreeing to it)
You may remember this story from a while back when Facebook essentially changed their terms and policies to steal your information forever. It seems that was too long ago for most people to care about or remember but anyway, you’ve already agreed to that.
But let’s say that you don’t want your microphone on because the stuff I’m sharing here has finally creeped you out enough to care. Well, it might not matter. Do you read all the terms and policies you agree to with Facebook? Is it possible that they might do a ‘quick update’ and have you ‘agree again’ when you install the update? Is it possible they might turn on the mic as part of those changes?
The Hard Version (being forced into it)
Well, your fascist phone maker Apple (who, by the way, has the only charging cable in the market that doesn’t work with the rest of the world) didn’t explain to you exactly the implications of having a dictator in your pocket. Definitely you will not be getting any voluntary explanations from your government because this is the golden goose they have been waiting for, so that leaves the most annoying task in the hands of a very unlikely candidate to do any learning about it – YOURS.
But I’m not trying to insult you. I’m guilty too. I’m just saying that you better not rely on ‘authorities’ to keep you privy on this stuff.
Likely you didn’t read it or you got bored after a paragraph so let me summarize the take-away points:
- you don’t own your software on your fruity phone
- because the software agreement makes you a *licensee* of the it, that means that should the government want access to your phone, they need to force the owner of the software, the licensor, to open the gates. In this case, it’s Apple, not you. Side note: don’t be naive and think that Android is safe, but I don’t have time to focus on them here.
- even if *you* don’t give *your own phone that you paid at least 30% too much for* permission to open the mic (and soon camera) for the world, your friendly government officials can force Apple to swing wide those gates for you.
- the mere act of having an Apple product in your pocket makes you a spy, on behalf of the government, on yourself, but worse, to those around you who are now victims of your harmful lifestyle choice
- you are a danger to the privacy and freedom of the entire world and need to really think about your actions and the damage you are causing instead of just tuning this stuff out
Now click this link to see a video tutorial showing the only way left to deal with this and remain happy and full of joy while using Facebook or an iphone.
There is thankfully a solution. Ultimately, the ubuntu phone (currently sold in select markets) is available now. It’s running on a safe operating system and it is truly revolutionary. I will not hide that there are some areas that are still a bit buggy but if you need to simply make calls, and do basic smart phone activities and wish to remain confident that your privacy has not been breached, I would strongly recommend starting down this path. I have been back and forth between the ubuntu phone (best choice) and another ‘lesser of evils’ option for android on my Nexus 4 device.
Also, the developments of the ubuntu phone and the operating system are amazing. Soon, the phone itself will converge with the rest of the platforms ubuntu currently operates on and you will experience the most amazing, user friendly, safe, and exciting platform ever seen in the market.
I appeal to you to sincerely start to care about this stuff and start to make slow and daily changes to protect the privacy and freedom of not just you and your family, but also all those around you. You do not want to look back one day and say to your kids that you were part of the problem that has now robbed them of their last ounce of freedom.
Spying on my children!!? That’s NUTS! That’s SICK! But it’s happening. Right now. And you are letting it happen either because you are unaware or because you are lazy, or both.
I don’t want to be harsh on you but I just can’t find a better way to say it. Your non-chalent attitude towards protecting your digital life could cost your children dearly. Yes, I’m mentioning your children because you have proven for years that you don’t care about yourself. You say “I’ve got nothing to hide! Spy on me! No problem!” But how about your daughter? While she’s alone in her bedroom. How about that? Is that ok? If it is, just go ahead and close down this browser window because you are a lost cause. If it’s not ok with you and something inside of you says “I should probably learn more and take action” then read on.
This post on this blog found by my good friend inspired what I’m writing here. I am a busy person. Perhaps one of the business people I know. However, I absolutely make sure that I’m spending time learning how to improve the protection of our computers. Don’t be deceived into thinking that there is nothing you can do. You can make your digital life nearly *bulletproof* if you put in the time and learn.
I think what’s missing is community around this stuff. Randall Ross is always preaching ‘community, community, community’ for the Ubuntu world. His point is that without a tangible face-to-face community that all this stuff becomes an isolated remote experience. I agree. Unless you knew the 17 year old victim girl in that post, it would likely have not reached your priority to-do list. However, if we had a community built, we would not only know her but be able to react. Had she been part of our local Ubuntu community, she would have fared much better as she would have had a group of people she could have contacted – not just Josh.
I am not perfect. I’m far from it. However there are some basic steps we need to be making or the problem will get worse before it gets better:
-Get involved in our local Ubuntu community. If there isn’t one, start one.
-secure our computers with Ubuntu
-secure our phones with Ubuntu
-put PGP on all our email communications
-educate our friends and family and don’t be nice about it. How would you treat a drunk person about to get behind the wheel of a car with his family in the back?
-stop making excuses like ‘I’ve got nothing to hide’. You have your vulnerable daughter to hide if you don’t respect yourself enough.