Jonas Silver May 1, 2015 11:20 PM

Highly amusing.

Though, it can surely get much worse. A target can have ‘best friend’ rapport level established if sufficient ‘homework’ is performed on their background. For clearance background checks, people are generally familiar with this process: for instance, undisguised agents track down people they can identify who know them and who have known them. This can go back into their childhood. The more scary and serious sort of analysis is when rapport via knowledge is used by undercover agents befriending key friends from their past and getting information as indirectly (or without suspicion) as possible.

Imran Aziz May 2, 2015 9:30 AM

Nice video and effectively conveyed its message. now a days whatever we do we post it on social networks without realizing it could put us in trouble someday.

rgaff May 2, 2015 7:01 PM

Several years ago, I was at a technology-related trade show, where a little robot came up to me and started talking to me… during the conversation, it shared details about me that seemed a little surprising… I indicated that it (or more precisely, whoever’s controlling it) must have learned it all on the internet… The robot seemed to think that was funny and continued on down the aisle to talk to some of the other people.

Afterward, I learned that the guy who was controlling it was off on the side, and expertly looked away any time I looked in his general direction, so I wouldn’t notice him. And that he was talking to my companions over there, getting those details from them, not the internet. They all thought it was quite funny, of course 😉

It’s all gotten much much worse since then. The most intimate details of everyone’s life are everywhere. This was the expected outcome of the “information age” really.

What was NOT expected, was in a so-called “free country” for general LAW ENFORCEMENT to be hoovering it all up and trying to apply algorithms to me to see how likely I am to commit each crime in existence. Data (and metadata, which is simply data about data) can appear to say all kinds of things when seen without context, or when seen with an agenda. It does not tell the whole story. And so now everyone is very much more at risk of being imprisoned at any time, and this is why freedom is lost with mass surveillance.

William Lee May 3, 2015 12:23 AM

Rules for online security:

*Never use your real name (and related…
*Never enter your email into online forms
*Never reveal your physical address or even city
*Never reveal your mobile number)
*If you must bank online, use TAILS /every/ time
*Never join social media networks
*Abolish the CIA

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