My friend Ron Purvis sent me this link that made me giggle at first, and then on second thought I found quite scary. The video is from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). They developed this video in reaction to the REAL ID bill Bush wants passed. In particular,
Scary indeed. It’s done already, not as extensively but pretty thoroughly, by banks. And recently, my husband had to get a visit clearance to work on his client’s site. He went to an interview and was amazed at the kind of information they had on him: the fact that he was married, what I did for a (non) living, how much money we owed the bank, where we lived, the state of our mortgage…
Credit card companies are now able to track our purchases and determine if the card was stolen simply by the break in your buying pattern; so do systems such as Air Miles, where they can track where you buy and what you buy. We do blissfully buy into it.
The ACLU has another legitimate concern:
Although the ACLU video is a bit over the top, a similar situation could happen. Without realizing it, we would suddenly find ourselves in a 1984 Orwellian society. Or worse, in a Terry Gilliam’s Brazil nightmare.