Jun. 24, 2020

IT HAPPENED TO ME AND---IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

One evening in 2013, I was in my bedroom, clicking from one channel to the next using my remote when--for about 30 seconds-- I saw myself--watching myself--- on the TV SCREEN! I was unbelievably-shocked…yet I knew I wasn't "seeing things!"

I reported the incident to a technology friend and....he laughed. But, several days later, he called me back and....he wasn't laughing. We talked at great length…then he forwarded an article that “verifies” everything we talked about.

Yes, it’s true. Cable Companies—like Comcast--are watching us through the "little black boxes" attached to every TV in our houses.  Remember several years ago…. when those little boxes were required for each of our TVs?!?!   I find it insulting that WE are charged for the very boxes they use to spy on us!!!!!!!!!!!

This was an article I wrote and posted 7 years ago. I wasn't crazy then and I'm not crazy now. Never underestimate the power of our government. Today, the technology has become more advanced and not only includes our televisions but has expanded to our computers and our cell phones. And---all this time--- you thought you were home ...alone! Smile for the cameras and be sure to speak clearly when you use your phone!

The article explains everything much-better than I can since I’m not a “tech-expert”. The article was published in The Washington Times on June 17, 2013. Apparently, the Liberal Media chose to ignore it....or—just maybe---the government paid them to “hide it” so we, the public, would remain ignorant.  THESE ARE THE FACTS:

Cheryl K. Chumley reports for The Washington Times, June 17, 2013, the cable TV companies have acquired a new technology that enables them to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.

The technology would come via infrared cameras and microphones embedded in digital video recorders (DVRs) or cable boxes, which will enable the cable companies to watch and analyze viewers’ reaction (what they do and say) to televised ads. The cable companies then use the data collected to target specific advertisements to the particular household.

Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) have introduced a bill, the We Are Watching You Act, to prohibit the technology on boxes and collection of information without consumer permission. The bill would also require companies that do use the data to show “we are watching you” messages on the screen and to explain just what kinds of information is being captured and for what reasons.

The two Congressmen explain in a press release that “A patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office by Verizon notes the technology could detect a range of viewer activities. According to the patent application, the set-top device will be able to distinguish ‘ambient action … of eating, exercising, laughing, reading, sleeping, talking, humming, cleaning’ and more.”

Congressman Capuano stated: “This may sound preposterous but it is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. These DVRs would essentially observe consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. It is an incredible invasion of privacy. Given what we have recently learned about the access that the government has to the phone numbers we call, the emails we send and the websites we visit, it is important for consumers to decide for themselves whether they want this technology. Think about what you do in the privacy of your own home and then think about how you would feel sharing that information with your cable company, their advertisers and your government.”

For his part, Congressman Jones stated: “Allowing this type of technology to be installed in the homes of individuals without their consent would be an egregious invasion of privacy. When the government has an unfortunate history of secretly collecting private citizens’ information from technology providers, we must ensure that safeguards are in place to protect Americans’ rights.”

Current law is silent on these devices. Supposedly, the We Are Watching You Act will require both an opt-in for consumers and an on-screen warning when the device is recording information about consumers.

Interesting to note: I’ve seen myself “on television” TWICE (2013); ONCE on my computer screen (2019),  and, in both 2015 and 2016,  the FBI verified that my phone had been, repeatedly, “invaded” by an outside source.  Even this year--2020--its been documented that my computer AND my cell phone are "occupied" by "spies".  I’ve NEVER “opted-in” to any agreement that would allow ANYONE to monitor me---24 hours every day---either in public or in the privacy of my home!

PLEASE HEED MY WARNING.  IT HAS HAPPENED TO ME AND…. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

Sally Miller