Why I don’t want the Government to track me.

It’s real, they are tracking us.

Written in October 2020

I believe you are reading this on a digital device right now. However the chances that you are using services like Tor, which doesn’t allow attackers, people and organizations like hackers and government, to know it’s you that’s reading this, is very low. You may think that the government is not tracking you, even though you have read several articles and a book that clearly stated that they are. Maybe, you know that the government is tracking you, but you just don’t care about it. Perhaps, you think that the government is tracking you, and are using Tor to read this. Well, in any way, I don’t want the government to track me. This is because I believe cyber and physical privacy is important to me, above all others.

I think both cyber privacy and physical privacy is extremely important. Privacy is not about hiding, rather it is about protecting. Just like locking the door at your house and wearing clothes. You don’t lock your door because you think a stranger will come to your house, you lock your door so that if a stranger tries to come it will block them. This is the same with cyber privacy. You protect it, not because hackers will hack your device, but just in case a hacker tries to hack your device. This is true for everyone. So, I protect my cyber privacy even though I’m not a terrorist.

Do you know who Edward Snowden is? He is a whistleblower, who used to be a CIA agent, and copied and leaked information that government had access to within the NSA in 2013. To me he’s a “Hero”, but some Americans call him a “Betrayer”. Sometimes, whistleblowers don’t have any protection, so after leaking the information in Hong Kong, he flew to Russia, but he is from the US, but he cannot go back as he would be punished by the US government.

According to CNN’s investigate reporter Jose Pagliery, the government can see all of our text messages and emails, listen to our phone calls, and browse through all our important files we upload to password secured Google Drive, and that the government once had an idea of putting a chip in every single device that allowed for a backend access to our devices? Isn’t this horrifying? All our information, which we thought was private, only seems private. Here’s a fact that I think is more horrifying, according to Edward Snowden, the government can turn on the microphone on our phone anytime they want to and listen to us, even if the phone is turned off.

Do you want the government to be able to listen to everything you say? Do you want the government to be able to read every text messages and emails you send to your friends and family? I don’t.

Facebook has been implementing end-to-end encryption, a method of encryption where the information can be only read by people who you are sharing the information to so the attackers cannot read it even by hacking the server, across their messaging services for a couple of years. However, on October 4 of this year, the US, UK, and Australia government have requested Mark Zuckerburg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, to not implement the encryption because it would not allow the government to track us. From this I can conclude that the government is really starving to gain access to our messages that they cannot see.

As Edward Snowden said, “I don’t want to live in a world where everything I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity and love or friendship is recorded.”

I believe in a world where we, citizens, have the right to choose what information we share and not share with anyone. I believe in a world where we, citizens, know what the government can see of my information. I believe in a world where we, citizens, do not have to worry about if we are being tracked or not. I believe in a world where I can be sure that my text message I send to my friends have not been seen by the government. I believe in a world where I know that my email is only being read by the recipient. I believe that the government should never be tracking us. I believe in a world where we, citizens, are not being tracked by the government. I believe the world today can be changed.