Can the government spy on you through your dishwasher?
// Posted by Renee on 03/19/2012 (10:50 PM)
In an article posted on wired titled “CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher”, author Spencer Ackerman disscusses how an increasing number of our home electronics and devices are connected to the internet and there is a possibility that the government could use them to spy on us.
Spies used to have to plant a bug but now they can hack your wired devices or intercept the signal sent when you use the lighting app on your phone.
The most interesting part of this article is that although there are several laws which protect American citizens from being spied on by the CIA, this new catagory of collecting data from wired devices does not fall under many of the legal restrictions and has become a gray area.
I feel like this relates to the activites of Anonymous and stuxnet. If the CIA can spy on you, so can any member of anonymous or any tech savy individual on a mission, like the creator of stuxnet. It is a matter of online security and how secure do we really have a right to feel. I don’t really have anything to hide but I don’t want someone to be able to know everytime I turn a light on. With the massive connectivety of the network we send out so much information about ourselves on a daily massive that it is naive to believe that no one is watching. The article points out how alarmed legislators were to realize just how easy it is for the government to track you through your phone or playstation, and right now it is technically not illegal. I think as a society we need to re-evaluate what we consider privacy and the extent of privacy that we expect. I expect to be allowed to go about my day without the government documenting my every move. However in the instance of a person of interest who may potentially do harm to others, it is hard to say that the government should not pursue them through the means available. But I think my opinion is that even if it is a person of interest, it should be like a warrant, unless the authorities can prove probable cause, they need to stay away from me and my dishwasher.