Everyone has something to hide. It might not be illegal, but it might be immoral, or weird, compromising or just embarrassing. And at the same time, everyone has the right to their privacy, ESPECIALLY when they have nothing illegal to hide.
Considering how hidden all this surveillance is and how it’s denied even when we catch them doing it, how can you possibly trust so many unknown people with your secrets and intimate stuff, no matter how big or small?
To put it in an example, 20 years from now maybe you’ll be running for a public spot. Let’s say you’re competent, have good intentions and have a decent chance of being elected or getting the job you’re aiming for. Suddenly, a compromising picture / video / audio, whatever “mysteriously” emerges, with you smoking weed when you were 20, or saying some really dumb shit at the phone, or whatever else I can’t think of now and it ruins your chances.
Then will you still ask what’s the big deal about this?
Bottom line is that it’s naive to think that all this data won’t ever be used with other purposes than what it’s officially collected for. Especially since the agencies that handle it not only have not proven that they’re trustworthy, but have actually done the opposite times and times again.
I’m tired of this silly argument that it’s for our safety. We shouldn’t have to give up our privacy just so NSA, CIA or whoever else can do their job better. At the very least we should know how we are being tracked, followed, tagged. But ofc, that’s not really possible either (unless leaks like this recent ones appear), because hey, then the bad guys would know too. And with this rethoric, government agencies have almost received a blank check in recent times, especially in the US.
It’s just like war against drugs, or piracy. The drug dealers / file sharers will always be ahead, no matter how crazy the measures against them become and the only ones screwed by all this will be the innocent bystanders caught in the middle.” —