Before Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, I supported smart meters that feed data back to the utility in order to better monitor and allocate power. My views have changed. The utilities share data with the government. Some smart meters have the ability to turn off or regulate your appliances. Sorry, but that’s just too much intrusion by the government and corporations into our lives.
If I want to do a load of laundry on a hot day during peak hours, I don’t want the washing machine saying “Bob, I’m afraid I can’t let you do that.” Similarly, driverless cars will communicate with other cars on the road and send data back to Mission Control. Sure, this could help in predicting traffic problems but it also means the government will know where you are at all times when you are driving. How useful for them. Will driverless cars be able to lock the doors so you can’t get out, then drive you to a police station because you have an open warrant? Does the government disapprove of a political group you’re a member of? With driverless cars, they’ll know where the meetings are and that you are a member. This is not paranoia. This is what’s coming.
Take Back Your Power explores the privacy implications of smart meters. “What is it that makes the government think it can usher us into a totalitarian state at all, much less without us even noticing” says Foster Gamble in the trailer. Indeed.