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.
You don’t have to read dozens of spy novels to know the government has been bugging phones and hotel rooms since the 1950’s. Today, it’s about as simple as planting smartphones on subjects to spy on them, something the DEA was caught doing in 2010.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows any government agency, like the FBI, to collect business records, medical records, or bank statements, if it involves a terrorist investigation. They do not need to show any probable cause.
Toll collectors, like the New York City’s E-ZPass, have been used by the government to collect data on Americans. The ACLU discovered many of these devices were set up far from tolls to collect information about people.
An NSA program revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013, it collects tons of information on everyone’s internet activity. Social media, emails, browsing history were all collected on individuals. Snowden claimed, while working as an NSA contractor, he could tap anyone, even the President, if he had their email.
Alongside XKeyscore, the NSA also has a program called PRISM which collects data from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, among many other companies. With this program, the U.S. government is able to tap into anyone’s data from these companies. While proponents insist it’s directed only at terrorists, many have, understandably, sounded the alarm of privacy concerns.
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