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How you're tracked on a regular basis

How you re tracked on a regular basis Tech Insider

The 24 ways we're tracked on a regular basis reveal something disturbing about the future 


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And they forgot everything our doctors track.

If you look at the above list of routine tracking today, it is not difficult to extrapolate another 50 years. All that was previously unmeasurable is becoming quantified, digitized, and trackable. We’ll keep tracking ourselves, we’ll keep tracking our friends, and our friends will track us.

Wow, this is a lot of tracking.

  • Car movements — Every car since 2006 contains a chip that records your  speed, braking, turns, mileage, accidents whenever you start your car.
  • Highway traffic — Cameras on poles and sensors buried in highway record the location of cars by license plates and fast-track badges. Sev enty million plates are recorded each month.
  • Ride-share taxis — Uber, Lyft, and other decentralized rides record your  trips.
  • Long-distance travel — Your travel itinerary for air flights and trains is  recorded.
  • Drone surveillance — Along U.S. borders, Predator drones monitor and  record outdoor activities.
  • Postal mail — The exterior of every piece of paper mail you send or receive is scanned and digitized.
  • Utilities — Your power and water usage patterns are kept by utilities. (Garbage is not cataloged, yet.)
  • Cell phone location and call logs — Where, when, and who you call (meta- data) is stored for months. Some phone carriers routinely store the  contents of calls and messages for days to years.
  • Civic cameras — Cameras record your activities 24/7 in most city down towns in the U.S.
  • Commercial and private spaces — Today 68 percent of public employers, 59  percent of private employers, 98 percent of banks, 64 percent of public  schools, and 16 percent of homeowners live or work under cameras.
  • Smart home — Smart thermostats (like Nest) detect your presence and  behavior patterns and transmit these to the cloud. Smart electrical  outlets (like Belkin) monitor power consumption and usage times  shared to the cloud.
  • Home surveillance — Installed video cameras document your activity inside and outside the home, stored on cloud servers.
  • Interactive devices — Your voice commands and messages from phones  (Siri, Now, Cortana), consoles (Kinect), smart TVs, and ambient micro phones (Amazon Echo) are recorded and processed on the cloud.
  • Grocery loyalty cards — Supermarkets track which items you purchase  and when.
  • E- retailers — Retailers like Amazon track not only what you purchase,  but what you look at and even think about buying.
  • IRS — Tracks your financial situation all your life.
  • Credit cards — Of course, every purchase is tracked. Also mined deeply  with sophisticated AI for patterns that reveal your personality, ethnic ity, idiosyncrasies, politics, and preferences.
  • E-wallets and e-banks — Aggregators like Mint track your entire financial  situation from loans, mortgages, and investments. Wallets like Square  and PayPal track all purchases.
  • Photo face recognition — Facebook and Google can identify (tag) you in  pictures taken by others posted on the web. The location of pictures  can identify your location history.
  • Web activities — Web advertising cookies track your movements across  the web. More than 80% of the top thousand sites employ web  cookies that follow you wherever you go on the web. Through agree ments with ad networks, even sites you did not visit can get informa tion about your viewing history.
  • Social media — Can identify family members, friends, and friends of friends. Can identify and track your former employers and your current work mates. And how you spend your free time.
  • Search browsers — By default Google saves every question you’ve ever  asked forever.
  • Streaming services — What movies (Netflix), music (Spotify), video (You Tube) you consume and when, and what you rate them. This includes  cable companies; your watching history is recorded.
  • Book reading — Public libraries record your borrowings for about a month. Amazon records book purchases forever. Kindle monitors your reading patterns on ebooks — where you are in the book, how long  you take to read each page, where you stop.

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