Reason for forced digital switchover in US and UK: Government and industry watching us to build profiles, launch invasive advertising
A popular video circulating on You Tube shows the discovery of a spy camera and a microphone hidden inside a digital TV converter box. Such devices are part of a government and industry surveillance program that is undoubtedly connected to the forced digital TV switchover being rolled out in the UK and US.
Â“I could not believe my eyes,Â” states the blurb accompanying the video clip, Â“I have a friend who is kind of a conspiracy theorist. He was trying to convince me that many of the digital TV convert boxes that are coming out have microphones and cameras built into them. Knowing a bit about electronics I bought one of these devices opened it up fully intending on proving him wrong. To my surprise he was right. This device has both a miniature camera lens and what looks like a microphone. I was so shocked I took pictures and video. Please send this out to everyone you know who is using one of these devices.Â”
The camera and microphone were hidden inside a MAGNAVOX TB110MW9 Digital to Analog Converter box.
The need to mandate a mass roll out of such hidden surveillance devices is undoubtedly one of the reasons that governments in both the UK and the US, as well as eventually the entire planet, are overseeing a forced switchover to digital TV and killing traditional analogue broadcasts. The vast majority of TVÂ’s require a digital decoder box to receive digital TV transmissions.
By installing covert spy devices and hidden microphones inside our all but mandatory digital boxes, the government and whatever corporate entities get a slice of the pie, have direct access to our living rooms. This is the ultimate Big Brother scenario whereby the majority of Americans and Europeans will have Orwellian telescreens watching their every move.
Many will dismiss such claims as conspiracy fodder, but the fact is that Americans have been spied on for decades, previously under the Echelon program and more recently as part of the Bush administrationÂ’s warrantless wiretapping program.
As former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice recently revealed, Â“The National Security Agency had access to all AmericansÂ’ communications Â— faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications,Â” Tice claimed. Â“It didnÂ’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications.Â”
As we highlighted three years ago, Â private industry and eventually government is planning to use microphones in the computers of an estimated 150 million-plus Internet active Americans, as well as similar devices installed inside digital TV boxes, to spy on their lifestyle choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining.
Digital cable TV boxes, such as Scientific Atlanta, have had secret in-built microphones inside them since their inception in the late 1990Â’s and these originally dormant devices were planned to be activated when the invasive advertising revolution was being rolled out, a watershed that is quickly becoming a reality.
The advent of digital video recording devices such as TiVo (Sky Plus in the UK) introduced the creation of psychological algorithm profiles - databases on what programs you watched, how long you watched them for, and which adverts you liked or didnÂ’t like. This information was retained by TiVo and sold to the highest bidders - an example being Janet JacksonÂ’s wardrobe malfunction during the 2003 Super Bowl half-time show; TiVo were able to compile lists of how many people had rewound the clip and how many times they had replayed it.
In 2006, Google announced that they would use in-built computer microphones to listen in on userÂ’s background noise, be it television, music or radio - and then direct advertising at them based on their preferences.
In March last year, Comcast announced that they were Â“experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know whoÂ’s in your living room.Â”
The cameras would use body-form recognition to confirm who was in the room and then tailor program recommendations, as well as commercials, to target that member of the family.
The video below covers the issue of secret cameras installed inside digital TV boxes and their relation to the forced digital switchover. A further video explores other motives behind the digital switchover.