Are you afraid the government could be spying on you? Though we’d like to think otherwise, the government has many tools at its disposal to snoop. And they use them, often without warrant or probable cause. Since we live in an ever interconnected world, it’s much easier for government agencies to listen in on your conversations, watch you in your home, and put together a detailed file on everything about you. They probably know more than you might think. From your family history to your education to how many times a night you get up to go to the bathroom, it’s all there, stored in a well-protected server. If this is surprising, you might want to sit down. Here are 25 scary ways the government could be spying on you.
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License Plate Readers
You know those road signs that tell you how fast your driving? Well, they aren’t only a warning sign, they’re also a surveillance tool. According to federal contracting data, the DEA is expanding their surveillance network by attaching license plater readers to these signs. In addition, license plate readers are already on plenty of city street lights, capturing your plate information and keeping tabs on you.
If you own a Smart TV (a TV that connects directly to the internet), which nowadays is pretty much every TV made, the government could be listening in. According to WikiLeaks, CIA hackers have attempted to break into these TVs, utilizing the microphones inside.
The local police, the FBI, the CIA, and probably most government agencies regularly monitor people’s social media. Your social media accounts provide a huge amount of information about you, giving them a better picture. Even if you have a private account, they’ll still could find a way to get around it. At one point the U.S. government created a fake Facebook account of a woman for their social media investigations. They eventually were caught and had to pay her reparations.
Today, businesses and government agencies have plenty of security cameras inside their buildings and outside, monitoring city streets. The government uses their own cameras for their investigations and can easily gain access to business security cameras as well. So, if you see a security camera, chances are…they’re watching.
By now you likely know that computer cookies aren’t sweet, delicious treats on your computer. No, they track everything you do online, providing a footprint. Since companies track you with cookies to advertise to you, the NSA has used that information to their own benefit by knowing everything you’ve looked at online.