Will the iPhone 3G be the NSA’s best friend?
As I watched the streaming video of Steve Jobs’ keynote from yesterday’s start to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), I was delighted with the capabilities of the new 3G iPhone, the coming explosion of new applications and that this device will be so much more powerful…
…but I also am more paranoid than ever about the unprecedented tracking capability built into it.
Techcrunch’s Mike Arrington is simply in love. Josh Lowensohn thinks the server-based involvement provides Apple with a scary amount of marketing data. I’ll take Josh one step further and submit that any of we soon-to-be-3G-iPhone-owners should consider the possibility that — at some point soon or even a longtime down the road — government intelligence agencies (like the National Security Agency (NSA) currently doing warrantless wiretapping) will gleefully use location and presence aware devices like this for surveillance and tracking of our movements.
Who needs RealID when you’ve got a tracking device tied to our names, Social Security numbers, and credit records and is a product that we’ve purchased and love to have with us at all times?
About Steve Borsch
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.