Thanks @Kyle_Rankin. Everyone so far seems to be on the same plan or close to it.
The following is just my take on biometrics based on what slipped through my tinfoil hat.
I feel it should be no one’s business if people use a password, a variety of multi-steps or squeezing a bio-reader just to let one check the weather.
I trust biomet purveyors the least, like Walmart and Amazon testing our health as we shop. It’s a load of bovine plop when Walmart says it’s for a “connected shopping cart handle that can detect heart rate, palm temperature, grip force, and walking speed.” It’s for our safety - of course. They are not doctors, and should not be dabbling with our privacy, especially our health. Same applies to biometrics on a ‘device’. It costs more, it’s invasive, and easily shared.
Amazons bio-reader helps the “Alexa feature that would allow the device to passively detect signs of illness and recommend remedies.??” Pardon - “recommend remedies”???
I thought Bezos was a astro-nut, not a doctor too.
Can you imagine 5 years from now - you arrive home, speak to your door with “Open my door Alexa” but the door says, “Sorry Sharon, I can’t do that - you need to take a stress pill before entering”. Or I grab the steering wheel and “I won’t start the car Sharon. You’ve had too much to drink. I have ordered you a cab.” (I never have too much to drink… no matter how hard I try).
To me, Purism and L-products are about our rights to privacy, which is why I asked how M$ and others invasion of our privacy will affect Purism and L-products.
SIDEBAR: I had to call my bank. After finally reaching a human, the human informed me that “voice recognition” was active](https://www.investmentexecutive.com/news/industry-news/voice-recognition-technology/). I told them to disable it, and the Human said it disabled it. That “disabled” sounded just as good as Google and Facebook saying they respect our privacy.
I guess we’ll see where it all goes. They no doubt want to target those born with a IP address first - they’ll not care what happens, and the rest, we will just have to go without or give up more rights in order to access the leash.
I am concerned that the industry will work to mandate biometrics on all devices. Those who live on Big Macs and pop may be told what and when they can eat. A slight fever may have the COVID-Cops knocking down our door with yet another booster for the boosted booster. An employer can check to see if you really do have a fever or have hang-over symptoms, or in bed with a mad clown (spell checkers - right!).
When the god’s of the Internet took over, our rights went out the Windows. I hope Purism and L-5 products will save us.
p.s,. I really like the replies so far - informative, thought-provoking, and much less paranoid than me.