Several months ago, there were stories about how the American TSA agents were forcing people to give up their phones to be checked on. Even people crossing the border over from Canada were forced to give up their cellular device. This shouldn’t be happening, as someone who might have any illegal ongoings would probably be better at hiding it than having it easily found from a 2-minute search by a TSA agent. This also grossly invades the privacy of many many innocent people forced to give up their devices allowing these people to read text messages and see sensitive data.
In China, they have ways to extract all your data and put it on a server somewhere, and it can be accessed at any time. China is basically collating a database of private information on everyone who crosses its borders. This isn’t just done to people entering the country, local communities are already under a gross amount of surveillance.
Zero-knowledge blockchain is a new idea that could be used to verify information without storing or seeing what it is. This already exists in the blockchain space as zk-STARK, which ensures transactions can be verified without revealing information within. If China were to use this method, during the scanning process by the Chinese border patrol, a user would be able to still keep their sensitive data like texts and financials private. This allows China do whatever they still do but literally have “zero-knowledge”.
It’s a problem that is becoming increasingly concerning, not just with border patrols but the internet in general. Everyone seems to want to spy on you through the internet, watching and tracking your every move to decide how to best advertise to you and keep you safe. This isn’t a very good world, if anything it is quite dystopian. More supporters of decentralized internet have been popping up, with the concept going beyond a concept, to becoming a reality. Hopefully, privacy isn’t a term that becomes forgotten.