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Dutch is so right, "I do not see a solution, because they started on this path and can't reverse this technology. The only result will be that people will become scared of their own shadow". America as well as the world is on a path of spying on all of us (world). It is the nature of the beast to capture this intelligence on everyone and everything. However, it is the use of this intelligence as the biggest problem.
Does my purchasing information need to be shared with anybody outside of law enforcement? Does my credit information need to be shared with anybody outside of my present lender? Does my friendships and casual meetings need to be shared with anybody outside of law enforcement? Having to keep all our data within the confines of law authority is more likely reasons why people are searched and data maintained. However, there is mounting evidence that our data is shared with unknown businesses that enable them to use tough sell tactics against us. Control the data and you may control the problem. Although greedy business practices prevent this control, thus America and the world is being subjected to personal data shared with anybody who wants to buy it. Data mining is not regulated.
Now try to understand the technology and the rewards of personal data mining when confined to only law enforcement. Immigration and labor law infractions, child abuse, kidnappings, locating terrorist activities, banking and loan infractions, many criminal behaviors waiting to attack, illegal gun activity, illegal drug interventions, illegal business activities (dumping toxic wastes, bad employee hiring & firing practices), public authorities employing illegal activities, and the list can go on and on. There is merit behind the collection of personal data mining of all our activities and finances. It is not a surprise to anybody that criminal behavior is rampant in our society. The sole purpose of collection of personal data by UAV's, tapping our cell phones or telecommunications and covert surveillance should only be for law enforcement. One of my pet thoughts is that there is a criminal network within America that preys on citizens, capturing and holding hostage people for some evil agenda. These hostages are held for years in captivity and only a few are found where a media event takes place exposing the criminals. I encourage everybody that read this to search on the internet the missing people data. You will be surprised over decades of missing people, there are millions in the records. Yes, there is a criminal network. Business dealings with our personal data should be regulated to the basic it is illegal and will be punished as criminal activity. But let's expose the criminals with strong collection of our data on everything including all people, businesses, corporations, and even our government (local, state and federal).
So in this light, Dutch is right we (America and the world are becoming scared of our own shadow. Who knows what is being accomplished with our personal data, to what criminal activity is being waged against us, and how can we stop this data collection. It's scary because it is a extremely massive problem in our livelihood. Even law enforcement and public authorities in charge of maintaining the law and our U.S. Constitution is condoning the use of private sale of our personal data. It's a large problem and until America revolts and takes charge of who's in public office we will only see the problem getting worse. Imagine a local store informing you at the checkout, "you can buy this item, because you have a record (collected from personal data)". We can't stop technology advancing
because companies and authorities desiring data collection have large amounts of cash funding these methods. However, with mobilizing the public into action we can help prevent or mitigate the problems of too many people having our personal data. This needs to stop and regulated to protect our rights.