Dave, it is hard to avoid the Evil Empire. If you use an Android phone
, all of your contacts are being associated with you, and vice versa. Suppose one of them is a member
of the Communist Party...there ya go, McCarthyism all over again, this is why the NSA and others trawl databases.
Got a GVoice phone
? Every call you take or make goes into the database too. If you call a mechanic
who happens to be a skinhead extremist...You've just been associated.
In order to avoid the Brave New World you have to look hard for alternatives. You must, MUST, use a VPN for all web access, and then hope that VPN isn't really a sham put on by another vendor. More cumbersome but better still, use something like Tor through a VPN. Assuming Tor isn't really a honeytrap. And you've got to stay out of "the cloud" because everything there is a target for hackers, or data miners. Ain't easy.
You may be glad to know that there are actually some groups that are trying to poison the well, by putting false data in these databases and intentionally corrupting them to make them worthless. Small movement, so far, but folks are paying attention.
Best thing you can do? Throw sand in the gears until they start giving us the option to NOT OPT IN. Not just "opt out", but NOT OPT IN.