I don’t know how many of you have heard about this. But, there is a technology that actually spies on you and your movements. Have you ever wondered how you are receiving those “special ads” on your smart phone every time you visit a mall or store? Well, it is because of something called “geofencing”.
It kind of works like this. Marketers put up a virtual fence around shopping malls or large department stores like Target or Wal-Mart. When you visit one of these places, and you have your location services turned on, this app picks up your phones unique numerical ID. This allows marketers to target your phone for these ads.
This may sound innocuous enough. Many people actually like getting these ads because they may find what they are looking for on sale. If that was all there was to it, you may not mind the geofencng so much.
However, as with every other piece of technology there are some very serious downsides to it. The Conservative Christian terrorists are now using it to stalk, hound, and even attack women who consider the option of abortion.
We already know about their hanging around abortion clinics to harass everyone wo works or considers being a patient at an abortion clinic. They, in my opinion, illegally take pictures of everyone entering these “private” establishments and post the pictures on social media in order to shame the women.
Now they have taken their terrorism to another level. One enterprising anti-choicer, John Flynn, CEO of Copley Advertising, realized that this technology could be used to track women who are using reproductive health services. He sent out a PowerPoint presentation to adoption centers and crisis pregnancy centers, explaining how they could hire his firm to track women going into “Planned Parenthood clinics, abortion clinics, methadone clinics and high-risk areas” and hit them with ads pressuring them to have babies and give them up for adoption.
Two groups, a clearinghouse that operates many crisis pregnancy centers and a large adoption agency called Bethany Christian Services, have hired Flynn. The focus on Planned Parenthood and “high-risk areas” suggests that a big part of this strategy is finding and tracking low-income women, with hopes that their economic desperation will make them more interested in giving babies up for adoption.
These organizations are using this technology to hound women about not having abortions. And since one is an adoption agency trying to troll for babies to auction off, they almost demand that the woman use their services instead of abortion. These “ads” are even being sent while the woman is sitting in the doctor’s office.
The really scary part of this is that by using other technology, these terrorists can literally build an electronic file on these women. The geofencing app does not provide a name just the ID number. But, with a little craft and guile, it is not difficult to discover the identity of the phone’s owner. Thus allowing the terrorists to follow them using GPS, showing up at their homes to “protest” or even shouting out their name as they leave the abortion clinic.
For example, once they have your phone’s ID, they can buy databases from other marketers and cross-check your ID against it, building a profile that can provide a surprising amount of information about you, such as “your age, gender, occupation, education level, marital status, and—if you have GPS enabled on your phone and are logged into apps that track you—where you live, work, and travel.”
It is even worse for employees of the clinics. It is real easy to compare names on the employment records and match them against the marketer list. There have been cases of stalking, threatening, attacks, and even murder of abortion clinic employees. This app makes that even more easy to accomplish. Especially if they don’t have to follow you to your house.
In at least one recorded case, these terrorists followed a young woman around. They even called the police and falsely claimed that the woman was being “coerced” into having an abortion. Their intent was to scare clinic workers into thinking they would be arrested if they treated the woman. Yet, none of the terrorists were arrested for filing a false police report which is a crime.
You must also consider that these terrorists simply love harassing women. That seems to be their only goal in life. They hang around abortion clinics just to get their rocks off by harassing women and feeling very brave. That is the very definition of terrorism. Scaring people who are different just to get them to obey your rules.
But what else do you expect from a bunch of panty sniffers who believe that women are nothing more that baby incubators? Because of the misuse of the geofencing app, I am afraid we are going see even more terrorism against women. They will use this app to get personal information about every woman who visits a woman’s health clinic, even if they are just there to get birth control pills.
There are a lot of conspiracy theorists who believe the government is spying on us. The really scary part is that these domestic terrorists are the ones actively looking for ways to spy on us. And, you can bet that our Republican controlled Congress will do nothing about it.
And the “shirts” keep marching along!