13 December 2013

Would You Like to Supersize Your Surveillance?

While trying to find broad suspicion and outrage over the intrusion into the school systems of the "hour of code*" shilling by the prez and his gang of tech overlords (plus celebrities!) I came across this post on "Occupy Corporatism" (41st on the google search and the first to at least lay out the map of interest and influence). This site has a kind of "mainstream" conspiracy flavor to it, but it's hard not to begin to notice that taste is always on one's own tongue these days.

Here's why:

The "AllSeen Alliance" (seriously) proclaims loudly on its web page:
The AllSeen Alliance is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to driving the widespread adoption of products, systems and services that enable the Internet of Everything, built upon an open, universal development framework and supported by a vibrant ecosystem and thriving technical community.

It seems unnecessary to comment on this, but if you're one who has been called a "chicken little" your prize is the "I told you so" button.


Add this to the stew: LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers

This information appears to be sent back unencrypted and in the clear to LG every time you change channel, even if you have gone to the trouble of changing the setting above to switch collection of viewing information off.

It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive.


So, I guess you need your kids to learn code so they can learn how to disable and defend you against the Panopticon, er, the "open source" economy.

*I should note that the Washington Post story linked above, while saying nothing derogatory in the text, had the temerity (ehem) to use the word "lures" in its headline. Stick it to the man!

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