We are all Spies in a High-Tech, Wired and Google World

Executives at Hewlett-Packard aren’t the only people playing “Spy vs. Spy”. According to a recent LA Times article, in our current high-tech, wired and Google world, I spy, you spy, we all spy on people; but we only get mad when someone else spies on us.

From the article —

Women Google prospective dates. Neighbors check what the house next door sold for on Zillow.com. People use online satellite imagery to sneak a peek into the backyards of the rich and famous. Hidden nanny cams record baby sitters. More than 75% of employers monitor what their workers do on the job — and more than a third record every computer keystroke.

“You really have, in a good and bad sense, a democratization of surveillance technology,” said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit technology advocacy group.

For $155, for instance, nervous new parents can buy a wireless camera small enough to hide in a smoke detector to keep tabs on the nanny. It even has night vision. For $60, DisneyMobile sells a kid’s cellular phone with satellite tracking technology developed for the military.

Beth Givens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego knows one man who is such a privacy “zealot” that he considers any piece of junk mail a violation of personal space.

But he volunteered that he would willingly do a background check if he felt something was amiss about his daughter’s boyfriend. Indeed, he even went dumpster diving to investigate the dealings of a corporation he had invested in.

“People are conflicted, but they are in all aspects of life,” Givens said. “They have one set of standards for themselves and another for others, including large corporations.”

Source: In a High-Tech World, I Spy, You Spy, We Spy