Surveillance Nation: Five Companies in Florida That May Help the Government Spy On You
That story got us wondering: What other Florida companies could be helping the government spy on you? Turns out the Sunshine State is a hotbed for shadowy technology. Click through for five firms we found who might just be helping Uncle Sam keep tabs on you.
Started by Army and Air Force veterans and headquartered in Tampa, this company provides "joint, tactical and strategic communications support to ... government agencies and the private sector." These guys run cyber operations, intelligence analysis, technical intelligence and psychological operations, among other services, and 80 percent of their staff holds a top secret clearance. They mostly sell their services to military agencies, but that doesn't necessarily mean state and local law enforcement agencies don't ask for their help as well.
The Isaac Daniel Group, a Miami-based company, made news back in 2009 when it released the Blue GPS--a shoe embedded with a GPS tracker. The shoes allow the exact location of their wearer to be tracked by family and friends via cell phone and even on Facebook. Dubbed the "social networking shoe", a pair retails for about $150. Not only that, the shoe has a button that, when pressed, can send a signal to a call center where an operator can alert emergency responders. IDG also makes biometric scanners for U.S. borders.