Analysts say the United States is in danger of becoming a nation of scanners, with some predicting the country will be forced to rely on technology that scans the air, the water, and food to monitor its own safety.
The technology could also create a surveillance state and force Americans to carry out searches of their own homes and businesses without their knowledge or consent, said Matthew Gannon, a cybersecurity researcher at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a Washington think tank.
Gannon warned that the technology could allow the United Nations and other governments to track individuals and track how they spend their time.
“If it were used on a daily basis, then there would be a lot of tracking of people who are really not doing anything illegal and they wouldn’t have to worry about it,” he said.
The Pentagon has proposed a plan to allow for widespread monitoring of US citizens and their private property by technology companies, including the US military.
But the proposals were blocked by the House of Representatives and Senate in June.
While the Pentagon has indicated that it would be interested in providing such technology, analysts say it is not yet clear what it would look like.
Gannon said that the US would probably have to rely heavily on private companies to provide such technology and that such companies would be allowed to operate as private companies.
A key concern is that it could create a massive surveillance state, he said, but said the technology would not be as intrusive as the United Kingdom’s GCHQ spy agency, which has been accused of mass surveillance of the internet and other internet communications.
Private companies, he added, will have to make sure their products comply with laws and regulations, and the government will have a lot to lose.
Privacy advocates, however, worry that the threat of surveillance could encourage Americans to go to more extreme measures to protect their privacy.
Gillman said that if a major surveillance program were to be implemented, it would have to be a one-time operation.
If there were to ever be a major national program, the first thing we need to do is create a system where the government would have the authority to make that happen, he explained.
However, that would not necessarily be easy.
As of this week, there are already more than 200 million Americans without privacy protections, according to the Pew Research Center.