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.
Know how you can open your iPhone X just by it recognizing your face? That’s biometrics, and it’s become extremely sophisticated. The government has used this technology and its data to create a massive face recognition database. This means that if your face shows up on a security camera, your profile will instantly pop up, giving the government everything they need to know about you.
This one might seem weird, but you know all those loyalty programs you’re apart of to save money? The government uses them to spy on you. When you use those cards, that purchasing data is sent off for marketing purposes. Just like computer cookies, Uncle Sam can look at that data as well.
You probably knew this one was coming, but it needs to be said. The government can (and probably has) read your email. In a provision of the FISA law called Section 702, the government can collect communications of Americas under certain circumstances. Before you think you wouldn’t be a target, think again. The government has used this provision liberally, taking collecting tons of emails in the process.
Plenty of satellites orbit the Earth, some of which are spy satellites. With some of these satellites, the government can easily locate you, watch you pump your gas and even read your license plate number.
Along with loyalty program cards, your credit card transactions are also recorded and monitored. The NSA specifically is collecting this information. Of course, they say it’s to help stop terrorism, but many fear plenty of innocent Americans have fallen prey to the data collection.