Androidcentral.com is thrilled that Google’s new Trust Contacts app is going to make everyone “safe” by giving your friends and family, or anyone who requests the info, your location at any time. You can say no, but if you don’t respond, the location will be shared, even if your phone is off. How convenient.
This “keeping you safe” rationale is the same rationale that pharmaceutical giant Merck uses to market its dangerous and occasionally deadly HPV vaccination, Gardasil, which is supposed to keep your 11 and 12 year-old daughters – and sons -“safe” from HPV, cervical cancer or genital warts. Homeland Security was built to keep us “safe.” The war on terror is about keeping Americans “safe” from terror. The war on poverty was supposed to keep folks “safe from poverty. The war on drugs was supposed to keep people “safe” from drugs.
Whenever you hear about a technology, a war, or a big pharma chemical developed with the goal of “keeping you safe,” it’s doublespeak with a dark agenda. The surveillance state encroaches our every move, along with abundant poverty, terror and pharmaceutical drugs. So now, by utilizing the free nifty Google Trust Contacts app for your worried “closest friends and family members,” or whomever may be hacking in, everybody is going to feel so much safer. How warm and fuzzy of them.
This Google app also shares other details. Your trusted contacts, or those posing as trusted contacts, can also be privy to your phone’s battery level as well as have access to all the places you’ve been, even if your phone is off. These surveillance techniques may seem trendy – and even necessary to the techies. Besides, it’s just an integral part of the new smart world we are being trained to jump head first into. Millions, maybe billions, don’t give much thought to the transactions, locations, phone calls, contacts, emails, tweets, texts, chats, pictures, medical records, tax returns, internet searches and a thousand other activities that once were private and protected – could now easily be subject to digital manipulated and used against them.
Wired reports that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, now executive Chairman of the parent company Alphabet, was tapped in early 2016 to advise the Pentagon about”rapid prototyping, iterative product development, business analytics, mobile apps, and the cloud.” That sounds a bit like a double safe, doesn’t it?