Privacy is an essential and crucial aspect, that deep down in our bones, most every human needs. However, if Google’s idea goes as plan, what has already been given up in the past few decades in terms of privacy will be unable to hold a candle to what is coming and coming very soon.
Patents for various smart devices, held by Google, will give the large corporation the ability to eavesdrop on practically every activity occurring in our homes. Adding insult to injury, Google plays off the blatant invasion of privacy, as merely wanting to provide targeted ads solely for our own convenience.
Although the patents are being submitted, the products that Google plans to develop are not what could be called a done deal. The items in development would mean that sensors and cameras could possibly at some time soon be positioned in our homes, viewing and quantifying everything that occurs in the privacy of our homes.
The new products are highly sophisticated, so much so that the cameras will be able to actually identify the graphic or picture on the t-shirt you are wearing. Then, the image will be run through analysis and matched to your specific browsing history on the internet. In return, you will receive an advertisement from Google related to your t-shirt and your internet history.
What is really disturbing and very chilling about the whole situation is that information can be acquired, analyzed and reported directly to Google on a virtual whim. The Patent No. 10,114,351 states that Google will be able to “use smart-devices to monitor activities within a smart device environment, report on these activities, and/or provide smart-device control based upon these activities.”
The patent includes a very big-brother reminiscent outline of how Google will be able to track individuals in any part of their home, watching and analyzing every aspect of their lives in literally every room. Even if cameras are not installed in the home, Google will still be able to "recognize the noises you make as you move around the house,” by way of speakers, through the use of such similar products as Alexa and Echo.
The real problem is that at this moment in time this is not regulated in any manner. There are not, as of this writing, any known laws in place that can or will prevent corporations such as Google from invading our privacy and then selling the information they obtain to the highest bidder.
So, what's the verdict--you decide.
Are the days of privacy, within the walls of our own homes, quickly coming to an end?