For the average person this doesn’t matter, but the battle over online privacy is a generational once. First, the infrastructure must continue to support at least optional privacy, groups like EFF are key to this. One tactic is to try to play the government against the corporations; while both are opposed to privacy they have different agendas and opposing interests.
Second, we’ve lost an entire generation to anti-privacy – call it the Facebook Generation. Once you lose a culture of privacy, once privacy itself is considered fringe, it might be difficult to ever get it back. This cultural battle is going to be perhaps even sort of fun in a prurient way, as the issue of photos of young women online, voluntarily or involuntarily, continues to cause controversy and backlash.
Possibly related and on my reading list: Ordeal of Civility: Freud, Marx, Levi-Strauss and the Jewish Struggle with Modernity.
Unless You Know About This Spying Method, You Might Say Something Which Could Get You In Hot Water
Given that the NSA is tapping into your phone calls and spying on your Internet activities, you might have switched to a search engine which is more privacy-conscious.
You might have started using encrypted communications. After all, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the leading electronic privacy group – the Electronic Frontier Foundation – say that encryption helps to protect privacy. On the other hand, Tech Dirt points out that the NSA might consider you suspicious if you encrypt information, and so hold onto your data until they can decrypt it.
The above are all issues about which you are at least somewhat aware.
But there is a giant type of snooping which you probably don’t even know about. Specifically, ABC Newsreported in 2006:
Cell phone users, beware. The FBI…
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