“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:31-34
Should You Trust Big Tech? by Justin M. Frazier dated June 16, 2020 tells us a lot of what we already know. The internet, while good for a lot of things, is also a master spy into our personal lives. That includes the apps on our phones. Every click, every swipe, every drive, every walk tracks everywhere we go and everything we do.
Here’s what happened to me the other day. I bought some vitamin supplements online. The next time I visited the London Daily Mail news website, guess what bombarded and filled the space on the right side of the screen? Not just vitamins, but the exact things I just bought!!
Do you use a GPS app on your phone for directions? If so, you’ve probably experienced it sometimes suggesting an alternate route due to construction or an accident. As you approach the congested area, you see your current route turn orange and then red. That information doesn’t come from police scanners. It comes from that very app registering a major slowdown on a road designed for faster traffic. Everyone’s phone is sending their place and progress back to the app.
We might say, “So what?” But you’ve also heard how internet providers, social media platforms and more sell information you give them via your “clicks” to the highest bidder to ensnare as many people as possible into buying their products and services.
Anyone paying attention to the current COVID-19 situation knows that the government has been harvesting cell phone data to determine whether people are staying home and restricting travel as the government determines. It’s both a matter of aggregate numbers, but they can also track individuals. If you’ve been diagnosed with the virus, the government can track where you’ve been and where you go, using your phone, to determine if you’re being a responsible citizen and seeing who you might have encountered.
All this information is useful for companies, but the government likes it too. As freedoms erode ever so slowly, the government can use all this data to start ensuring social compliance. If you think not, look at what’s been happening in China. They are already there with closed circuit cameras tracking people – not too different from London. But the Chinese have also started implementing a system of social control which tracks everything you do.
Citizens start out with X number of points to their name. You can buy and eat what you want, but if those things are graded poorly by the government, you lose points. The fewer points you have, the more restricted your access to government services and medicine.
The article linked above has some interesting comments; 71% of people polled are concerned about Big Tech and want the government to do something about this privacy invasion. Roughly 30% are afraid of government using their data to target them.
My favorite quote from the article: “If you’re not paying for it, you are not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”
Here’s a case in point from the article:
Charles Duhigg investigated how companies use data to personalize advertisements. In a 2012 New York Times article, he recounted a story about an angry father yelling at the manager of a local Target store for sending baby-themed ads to his teenage daughter. The manager knew nothing about the advertising but apologized for the ads. He called the man a few days later to apologize again. The father told him that his daughter was indeed already pregnant. The ads revealed something the teen wanted to keep secret.
Privacy is gone.
Now, there are those in government who try to introduce legislation to regulate such data use. However, if you think about it for just a moment, it is not in the government’s interest overall to do so. I sincerely doubt those who mean well will succeed in the long run, but such regulation is not in the government’s long-term interests.
This has historical precedent. When the phone system was first being assembled, law enforcement agencies worked with those first phone companies to ensure there was a “back door” for them to enter the system to check on criminals if need be.
Big Brother is very real, both in reality in parts of the world and lying dormant waiting for his moment in other parts.
My daughter rarely reads the news anymore. It’s just too depressing and worrying. But her is her comfort as well as mine and yours – Big Brother might be watching, but we have a Big Father over him…and everything else! We need to be aware of what’s happening in our world; that’s why Jesus and the prophets have given us glimpses of the future. That’s why Jesus told us to watch.
The Anti-Christ will most likely be the head of a one-world government with tight controls on everything. The sort of control through technology that we see growing today makes a great prelude to his arrival! I’m not saying I think it’s going to happen soon, but, as Jesus instructed, I try to keep watch.
Our big heavenly Father is watching over everything and everyone. The world will proceed, and time will unfold according to His plan for our welfare. The Old Testament prophets give us example after example on how God ultimately preserved His people on earth. They deliver promise after promise that He will deliver us all permanently. All we need do is cling to Him in faith and obedience.
Big Brother vs. Big Father?? That one’s no contest!!