When I was writing “21 Erased“, I didn’t expect to see reality catching up at all, let alone so soon. It was envisioned as a dire dystopian world, a small segment from a person’s life, a nightmare if you will—but somehow things keep evolving toward that reality and it gives me the creeps. First there was this issue I wrote about :
Is your TV watching you?
…and now take look at this text:
They can hear you: US buses fitted with eavesdropping equipment
Cities across America are equipping their public transport systems with audio recording devices, potentially storing every word spoken by passengers onboard. Rights activists say the surveillance plan by far exceeds what is necessary for security.
The multimillion dollar upgrade is underway in several US cities, including San Francisco, Eugene, Traverse City, Columbus, Baltimore, Hartford and Athens, reports The Daily, which obtained documents detailing the purchases.
The money partially comes from the federal government. San Francisco, for example, has approved a $5.9 million contract to install the eavesdropping systems on 357 modern buses and historic trolley cars over the next four years, with the Department Homeland Security footing the entire bill. The interception of audio communication will apparently be conducted without search warrants or court supervision, the report says.