“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear. But everyone has a few little secrets. Mass collection ensures that intelligence agencies have the skeletons in everyone’s closets stored away in case they ever become useful.
That’s without even going into the free speech implications of large-scale surveillance. We talk differently when we’re being watched: after all, who talks about their job in exactly the same way when their boss is in the room and listening?”
“Security should be the default of architecture. If you choose to use a free service like a map service, you should know what you are giving up. For me, I’m fine if Google knows my wife and I were searching for a new restaurant and how to get to it; I’m not fine with them mining every one of my personal texts, emails and searches. Individual citizens the world over should have the ability to decide what they want to share and what they don’t.”
“All in all, the figures show that participants were well aware of the security risks associated with their bank details. However, loyalty card information or household energy data does not seem to be a particularly significant concern for most, even though this type of information is used by shops and energy companies on a very granular level to make decisions that affect our purchasing on a daily basis. It’s a sign of the changing times we live in that many appear to see this as a benefit.”