I bet all kinds of monitoring is going on through the Internet about its users that doesn’t require one iota of evidence for probable cause or a warrant to be issued to spy on them. I know it is for marketing but I’m pretty sure for other reasons as well.
I know it is for marketing but Im pretty sure for other reasons as well.
I was researching a novel Havelocks Corpse which is on Kindle. I typed into Google Micro Nuke and Backpack Nuke. The results raised the hair on the back of my neck. The wording on every page was carefully constructed; it seemed to be trying to find out if I was trying to build one. Notably absent was any information on the Russian backpack nukes Russian General Lebed said he had built for the KGB. I have no doubt that flags were raised. What I knew before the search, and is not available, were mechanisms to use subcritical amounts of nuclear material to achieve high energy reactions. I skipped over the how-to in the novel as the character didnt have a need to know.
Nothing ever came of the search. I probably didnt meet any data mining profiles as I had several Top Secret clearances in my career with extended background checks. But if somebody typed in that search and kept it up and then searched for users of fissionable isotopes, Ill bet that researcher would go to the top of the list.
I view this two ways. As an American citizen who does not want radioactive fallout raining down on me, Im okay with it. But as a guy who wants his ammunition purchases private, Im not so happy.