Originally Posted by Blameless
Now you sound like an exemplar for the Dunning-Kruger effect. If you think the only way personal information about someone can be used against them is in a legal venue, that's flatly naive.
Stalking, harassment, extortion, blackmail, burglary, etc and so forth are real forms of attack that are facilitated by knowledge of the target/victim. It doesn't matter where that knowledge comes from, just who ends up with it and what they choose to do to with it. Maybe you don't think you have any enemies. Maybe you don't think you have anything anyone would find worth taking. Maybe you simply think yourself invulnerable. I don't know you, or who you are, but I do know that there is no one on this planet that privacy does not benefit.
Probably not a pressing issue for most people here, but one hardly needs to be crazy to be concerned about more extreme scenarios like this. People being profiled and persecuted has been, is currently, and likely always be, a risk. Plenty of contemporary Hitler-like figures out there now.
In this hypothetical scenario (since no government has ever used metadata to persecute anyone as far as I know) I question if a rogue government would ever be technologically capable of doing that in the first place without essentially imploding or being taken down fairly quickly. Hard to predict the future, but for now I would have to give it a strong no.
I won't speculate on how the Chinese feel about the Social Credit System because as strange and Orwellian as it seems to us, they seem to like it so far. It's easy to criticize China from the outside but you have to keep in mind, they have the largest population by far. There are obviously some challenges that come with governing so many people that don't apply to any other nation.
That stuff is a pretty far out a separate issue from this topic though. In this case with Amazon, it's really just an interesting collection of first hand accounts of experiences of some of the people who actually have to listen to people talk for the sake of improving the voice recognition software. It's no a surprise that this happens, but it opens the door for another OCN debate about all the further reaching aspects of data collection/digital privacy issues... so now we're talking about Hitler.
Which I guess is fine, I'm down to get crazy and hypothetical.