As someone I know has put it, "...given that Reddit says that it views itself as a government for a new type of community, this is disturbing."
A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press. Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bangladeshi descent who has now denounced his work as an informant, said police told him to embrace a strategy called "create and capture." He said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD. For his work, he earned as much as $1,000 a month and goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests.
This is probably related to the a 6 year spying scheme by the NYPD’s secret Demographics Unit, who finally admitted in court that the spying lead to no leads or convictions.
To test the spyware, Action 7 News purchased software for about $350, and with permission, installed it on an employee's phone.
Producers Robin and Laura agreed to be spied on.
So what can the software do?
"I can follow you around if your phone has GPS technology. I can see where you are, I can read your e-mails, I can read your text messaging," said Carr.
Once Robin makes a phone call from several miles away, a cell phone in the newsroom receives a text message alert about her call. The newsroom cell phone is able to listen to the phone call between Robin and her fiance.
Robin's GPS location could also be continuously monitored.
And even with her phoned turned off, her conversation over lunch with her colleague Laura could be heard on the newsroom cell phone.
(Emphasis in the last line is mine)
So there goes our ultimate sanction against a machine takeover — no more "Hah! Let's see how far you get after I pull the plug on you, you bastard!"
Do not simplify the design of a program if a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.