The Next Invasion of your Privacy – DNA Websites, Car Black Boxes and Cell Phones.
I am sure you have read the news lately about the arrest of a serial rapist and murderer in California. This is a significant breakthrough using DNA websites like Ancestry.com, GED match, 23andMe and Ancestry DNA to name a few.
While DNA databases are great for solving crimes – they are not so great for your privacy.
Many people have submitted their own DNA samples to websites because they are curious about their heritage. This is a great tool when investigating your family tree as it reveals information that you probably would not have known.
Where it becomes an invasion of your privacy is when your DNA is available for anyone to search for. Your DNA can be used to track you – not good if you are worried about “big government” prying into your private life. I have nothing to worry about as I have not committed any crimes but one begins to wonder what door this will open.
Will DNA used to track where you have been? It is only a matter of time I suppose. Now your location is being tracked by your cellular phone whether you have tracking enabled or disabled. You see, law enforcement has the ability to track you through your device regardless. The only way to keep big brother from spying on you is not to have a cell phone…. but wait! In August 2006, NHTSA established a regulation that sets forth requirements for data elements, data capture and format, data retrieval, and data crash survivability for event data recorders (EDRs) installed in light vehicles. What does this mean? It means data is stored in a black box in your car, which can be downloaded. In even later model cars with a 911 call button on the rear view mirror have an in-car cellular device that tracks you. Your meta locations are tracked on emails and photographs – and it never will end.
So the question remains on how not to be tracked. It’s quite simple. Don’t own a cell phone, drive an old car that was manufactured in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Do not use email. Use snail mail. Use an old camera to take pictures that does not encode meta-data. Don’t use your credit card. Every swipe logs your location. Also only shop in very rural areas because modern stores all have cameras.
The bottom line is there is no way anymore to survive in this world without being tracked. It is sad, but it is true.
Your best defense is to be a law-abiding citizen.