Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/9/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Apps such as 'Saga' have already arrived.

There's an app out for those of you who really like being spied on. Known as "Saga" the app uses your smartphone to detail every aspect of your daily life. And we mean absolutely everything.

It watches you back, and there's no telling who's on the other side of that camera.

It watches you back, and there's no telling who's on the other side of that camera.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/9/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Saga, app, lifelogging, recording, spying, marketing, danger, privacy, tracking


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Referred to by its creators as "The Essential Lifelogging App" Saga will use your phone's camera and microphone, as well as other sensors, to determine what you are doing at any given moment. The value, according to the creators, is the ability to "build your lifelog," gain insights into your daily routine, and to "share" and "explore" as you go about your daily doings.

Saga is "lifeblogging, made easy, for everyone," according to its description in the iTunes store.

The description further says, "What is measured, improves - in addition to automatically logging your life, Saga provides you with valuable data and infographics about yourself to help you get more out of life.

Track how much time you spend in transit, at work, or at recurring activities, and compare yourself to other users.

Understand your activity and what types of places you visit most, outside of your home and work.
Optimize your commute time, depending on what time you leave.

Are you a power user? If yes, over time will Saga will start to assign traits based on patterns detected in your behavior. Traits are rewards that Saga gives you for being a unique snowflake."

Essentially, the app is the ultimate tool for the narcissist that wants to record and share their every deed. This might be okay for a few individuals who can't get enough attention and who think their daily routine is worth cataloguing, but for the rest of us, the implications of such a program are chilling.

The existence of this app means that the technology now exists to police our actions and interactions, including speech, down to the very word. Such data is invariably stored (to help gather insights and such) and builds patterns, which can reveal modes of behavior. While such recognition might have some value to a user, marketers, hackers, or less scrupulous government agencies, could also obtain and use the data to drive behavior or to discern private information about an individual.

Essentially, it's the quintessential spying app, even if that wasn't the designer's intent.

The upshot of such an application is that it relieves the user of having to input any data about what they're doing. This makes sharing "frictionless" to use a term popularized by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Sharing becomes automatic and habitual.

The downside is that it also removes the user from imputing data.

It removes the individual from the equation, aggregating and reporting data that is useful to marketers and others whose interests may not be consistent with your own. It will also permit businesses to spot trends and for city planners to spot patterns, but these patterns may not be of interest to you. Naturally, the creators can sell such data and make money from you.

Such an app can also reveal who you spend time with and where, and any other habits you may have. For example, the app can tell which Starbucks you visit, and at which time, and with whom, if anyone.

As usual, such applications come with the usual promises that nobody can specifically identify you or will use your data in a harmful manner, but we have certainly heard that before.

We must ask ourselves if we are comfortable with living in a high-surveillance world, and the benefits it purports to provide. Is it really worth handing over every aspect of our privacy so an app can automatically log into our social networks and tell our friends that we're too foolish to order appropriately-priced coffee?

Perhaps the better question is, having ripped the lid off Pandora's Box, is it ever possible to close it back?

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Technology

Flickr's auto-tagging feature creates racist and discriminating stirs Watch

Image of Instead of tagging a photo of a woman wearing a white mask as

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pictures are known to capture people's lives, nature and other events in history. This is the reason why Flickr, Yahoo's photo sharing / social networking site has become so popular amongst those who are found of taking snap shots of everything and anything ... continue reading


3 things Christians must refrain from posting about on Facebook Watch

Image of Be careful what you post on your Facebook.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christians are becoming more and more active in the use of technology, as well as within participation on social media. While it is obvious that the trend of social networking has its scary downsides, it is also serving as one of the most popular platform to share ... continue reading


Feeling ill? Wi-Fi may be to blame for mysterious illnesses Watch

Image of Wi-fi sensitivity may be a real illness caused by wireless networks.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Do you use Wi-Fi on a regular basis? If you're using any sort of modern technology, that answer is yes, and while it certainly makes daily life easier, there may be a hidden danger. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Suzanne Hoyt, during an interview ... continue reading


Warning: Porn will currently not be blocked from Oculus' headset Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Rift, Virtual Reality (VR) headset from Facebook-owned Oculus, is an open platform that owners can manipulate and use for whatever software they want, according to Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - As of the moment, there ... continue reading


A new danger in the skies? Hacker takes control of airplane's engine mid-flight Watch

Image of A cyber security expert is being investigated by the F.B.I. because of a hacking incident which occurred in April, where an airplane's engines were hacked in flight.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new document filed in U.S. federal court reveals that an airplane's engines were hacked mid-flight by a well known American hacker, using of all things, its inflight entertainment system. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chris Roberts, a cyber security ... continue reading


Technology takes us one step closer to immortality Watch

Image of In the future, a person may be able to store their brain on a hard drive so they can seemingly live forever.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Through modern technology, it is now possible to upload a brain to a computer. Martine Rothblatt and Ray Kurweil believe that human beings can actually live forever through the utilization of technological advancements. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Are you sure they are safe? Google's self-driving cars to hit the road this summer - to expected indifference Watch

Image of Google's self-driving cars, a squat two-seater is intended to shepherd fleets of vehicles that can drive with no need for human intervention.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Google is set to unveil and sent out on to Northern Californian driveways their self-driving cars. While sounding fun and futuristic, the cars - dubbed by some as "clown cars" or "koala cars," are expected to met with mass indifference. Only 25 of the said ... continue reading


Why didn't Dell or HP do this? $9 computer raises $1 million on Kickstarter Watch

Image of Always with a keen eye on miniaturization, both in size and price, the computer world is looking towards CHIP with abiding interest.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

All it costs is $9, and it plugs into existing desktop setups. Called the CHIP, the tiny computer that could has raised more than $1 million in just five short days on Kickstarter. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 2.5-inch motherboard costs about the same ... continue reading


Internet domain names to be privatized by year's end Watch

Image of Fadi Chehade, the head of the nonprofit group expressed confidence that it would be privatized and out of U.S. government control by year's end.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With concerns over privacy and interference in everyday lives, at least one thing is escaping the control of the United States government -- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN will be free of U.S. government oversight by the end of ... continue reading


Will Google's army of evil robots arise to subjugate, destroy all of humanity? Watch

Image of While both Google cofounder Larry Page and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk enjoy a warm relationship, Musk has expressed his concerns that Page might just lead to the destruction of humanity, as we know it.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While both Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk enjoy a warm relationship, Musk has expressed his concerns that Page might just lead to the destruction of humanity, as we know it. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I'm really worried ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11
1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:19-23
19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
3 Because of that, I want to make it quite clear to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 24th, 2015 Image

St. David I of Scotland
May 24: David, the youngest son of Scotlandís virtuous queen, (Saint) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter