No, this is not an article of how much any particular individual is having gleaned, but rather a test of what is possible for the federal government to glean about anyone who is online.
Consider the kids in the bedroom with an open door. Mentally close the door if you wish. You can still hear their voices and know what toys and other assorted things are existing in that room. You further have experience with them and are able to judge what their behavior patterns show as well as the subjects which have shown interest during this particular time frame. Using that information and a modicum of reasoning, I as parent, make a comment to said child in the room – “I told you to make your bed, not play with toy (x).” Mentally, you see the child’s eyes widen, face elongate, and the toy drop to the floor as they wonder how on earth you knew what they were doing without being there. You must be a god. (That’s a good aura to maintain for a small period of time. It helps maintaining behavior.)
The federal government wants nothing more than that exact scenario with each of us. They desire the ability to judge our behavior by simply noting the behavior we have performed, and applying appropriate pressure in the right areas – those areas which will elicit the desired behavior for themselves. Yes, they look at us in this fashion. It was started by Erickson (I believe) many years ago. I tried to find the phrase without luck, but it was something like – I can pick at random what each child will become by rewarding the behaviors tending towards that trait.
The research done by Sean Galligher shows what the feds are picking up on each of us. From the comments, here is a piece:
Quote:AT&T “brain” updates. Dave Porcello intercepted a file download from AT&T to an iPhone that included default settings for a variety of services. One of those settings, Porcello said, was a switch that tells the iPhone to automatically connect to Wi-Fi access points with the SSID “attwifi”. Attackers who want to put themselves in the middle between a phone and the broader Internet need only have their attacking device advertise with the SSID in the file. That feature can be disabled on iPhone devices, but according to Pwnie Express’ Oliver Weis, that isn’t the case with AT&T Android devices.
I wonder if that applies to unlocked AT&T branded phones?
Edit: I’m glad you did mobile apps, especially with the appification of the internet. People may get a false sense of security because “it’s not the web” in their eyes.
Read the report and consider what this regime desires with power. Yes, information gathered provides power, (which is why I give the least amount of detail when the census comes).