Originally Posted by xJumper
Because it always gets abused. Around where I live, a few malls are part of a rather large controversy/ongoing thing where it is being claimed that they used facial recognition along side data aggregated from social media sites combined with location/zip code geomapping combined again with statistics on crime/wages/earnings/disposable income. I'm sure you can figure out how the rest of the story goes, the tools were allegedly used for discriminatory practices/profiling.
Were at the point with technology and the world where there is no more of this fantasy illusion of "hey the tools will only be used for good, the government will work hand in hand with the private sector, there will be checks and balances and everything will be fine, all advantages with zero disadvantage" or whatever line they used to push and still try to. Government/private sector has proved time and time again that they are incapable of maintaining/respecting individuals rights/freedoms if it means getting in the way of profits or some "greater good" philosophy. Basically the only way to be safe is to not use something, ban it's usage, remove it, area denial of sorts. That's why you're seeing people do hard disconnects from social media, because it's been proved time and time again that ticking the privacy slider to "ON" didn't actually keep you safe and the companies still violated you. That's why you see people downgrading to dumb phones, not buying newer vehicles or ripping out the Wifi/whatever system, etc, etc, etc.
Were at the point where people are gonna have to start choosing a side. There are certain technologies that while very convenient will inevitably lead to a loss of freedom/privacy/infringement on the individual and the only alternative is to not use them and suffer the consequences of living in a slightly more dangerous/slow/inefficient world. There's no more middle ground really like people believed in the 00's, a line has to be drawn in the sand.
The real thing to remember it's not about the tech, it's the potential for abuse or worse that comes with it.
In the end it's humans that call the shots and human nature itself that tempts us into doing things that shoudn't be done.
Each and every person on this planet is affected by our nature with some being able to keep it in check, others just going with it wherever it goes and even some doing so on purpose it seems.
There are some plain nasty, evil folk out there that would love nothing more than to use tech such as this for their own nefarious purposes. That's the reality of it and if you are lulled to sleep with such tech being introduced, slowly but surely it will eventually addup to some version of 1984 - Any version of that isn't what you'd want to have.
Also once these things are in place that facet of privacy is gone forever.
We want our children to have a better future, not live in one where they are having to look over their shoulder all the time in fear.
Also, based on human nature such tracking/surveilance can be abused as mentioned and used to gather info that can be used against the one being watched if someone was determined to do so and yes, that has certainly happened before and probrably will again.
Call it paranoid if you want but remember: Humans are behind it and human nature itself makes such things a real threat, with things not getting better as time goes, just the opposite is all but certainty.