Whether it's Amazon's popular Ring doorbell or Google's Dropcam, the government is increasingly gaining access to private information by partnering with big tech companies.
Since the government alone cannot spy on you legally, police and other agencies are now partnering with tech giants to gain access to your data, at least when a crime is committed. But the possibilities are endless.
“It can be used to find personal information that can be used to influence people for a wide range of things, not just in a commercial way, but it can be even for elections or other purposes,” says Steve Weisman, cyber security attorney and founder of Scamicide.com.
Weisman says it goes much deeper than just home listening or viewing devices.
“What's to keep insurance companies becoming aware of DNA tests and if you have a high likelihood of a certain type of disease, you don't even have that disease, they can turn you down?”
Amazon recently acknowledged it has staff that listens to "Alexa" commands, and the government is now looking to use the company for storing biometric data it keeps on potential terrorists.
Who needs the National Security Agency when the government can contract it out to the tech companies?
“Facebook has been able to predict, just by what people may be posting or what they're liking, whether a couple is going to be breaking up and whether someone is pregnant before even they know they're pregnant,” says Weisman.