The Left seems to be wasting its legitimate outrage about surveillance on the wrong targets.
“At a base minimum, people should be able to walk down a public street without fear that companies they’ve never heard of are tracking their every movement — and identifying them by name — using facial recognition technology,” the privacy advocates wrote in a joint statement....
“People simply do not expect companies they’ve never heard of to secretly track them using this powerful technology. Despite all of this, industry associations have pushed for a world where companies can use facial recognition on you whenever they want — no matter what you say. This position is well outside the mainstream.”
Look, I am all for these folks campaigning for better privacy protections on businesses, but really, isn't this the wrong target. Seriously, Target is tracking me in order to ... what? Make me a targeted discount offers and rearrange their stores to better match my shopping habits?
Look, the government has guns and prisons. They can take my money and my assets. What the government can do to me makes the fear of being in Pepsi's marketing data base seem like a pure joke.
Every day I leave my house I have to pass this damn government surveillance cactus not a hundred yards from my home, tracking my face and license plate.
There are at least two more of these in walking distance of my house.
I have news for you folks on the Left -- the government doesn't give a crap about your privacy, but is willing to beat on private corporations for a while (which really pose you zero harm) to divert you from the real threat, which is them. And in the end, despite all their rhetoric, they will likely let private corporations do whatever they want as long as the government gets a backdoor into the data.
It is the latter that worries me the most. I couldn't care less what Wal-Mart knows about my shopping habits. But I do care that data they gather could be funneled into Uncle Sam's greedy hands.