Yup, I'm increasingly concerned. But the attacks on privacy are everywhere, and the worst thing is, most of us are willing accomplices. Wave a few bobbles in front of us in the form of card "points", "air miles", Facebook "friends" or your own video/photo channels, and most of us willingly hand over our all manner of private information. On their own, no single
transaction is a problem. The danger
, as others have already said, is that this information can all be linked now. In an analog world it was hard to connect all the dots. In a digital world where increasingly all systems are connected to each other, dot-connection is inevitable.
The problem is that it is nearly impossibly to exist in our modern first-world countries without being part of this privacy market. Just like it is virtually impossible to limit your eco-footprint while living a first-world existence, so too with the trade
in your privacy. It's the price
we pay -- whether we want to or not.
Turning off your computer is one major way to stop it all, but unfortunately that is the easy part. The problems run much deeper than that. You got to turn off all electronics
, stop using digital money
(credit and debit cards) and only use cash, disengage from telephone services (they are collecting and selling your info as well). Heck, I bet even your gas and oil
companies are collecting and selling data about your energy usage. The problem is that once their is a market for something, companies cannot help but take part in it. There is a huge market for your identity. And all of this likely pales in comparison to the state-sponsored snooping our westerner countries are all involved in.
In other words, it's virtually impossible for most of us to get out. The system(s) do not allow that level of freedom.
I don't believe resistance is futile. As Dockhead, hellosailor, twistedtree and others have said, there are things we can all do to push back. Run through a VPN, use blockers, don't use the obvious grabbers like Google+, Facebook, etc. And use blockers for places like CF (Ghostery is showing multiple snoopers active right now on this page.)
So what's the ultimate answer? Go cruising ... off to some remote
mystical land where the digital world does not yet exist
. In the meantime, everyone install basic blockers, say no to Facebook, etc. and push back where you can.