I don’t care that the government collects metadata on my cell phone activity. In fact, knowing what they use it for, I encourage the practice. It is too important and useful to stop.
Besides, how do you think your phone bill is created? Do you think Verizon/AT&T/Sprint is just guessing as to who you called and for how long? Or how much data you used and who you used it with? And what do you think Verizon/AT&T/Sprint does with that data besides use it for billing?
– Verizon Wireless Executive
This isn’t news, folks. Neither is the NSA activity. This has been going on, in one form or another, for almost 70 years. Many of the people who were fully aware of it are now expressing shock and dismay in public. And that is so very sad.
Case in point, I have 283 Facebook friends (don’t judge, I’m not a very personable person). About 50 of those Facebook friends are personally aware of the activities of the National Security Agency and other intelligence organs of the United States government. They are aware of the data types and methods used for obtaining that data. They are aware of the restrictions on and procedures for handling this information when it comes to a “US person”. And, yet, the only time you will hear one of them express any concern is in order to support their politics. No other reason. Why? They know the danger. They know that it is negligible. They know that this is all hype designed to stir up the unwashed masses.
They also know that scaring the ignorant doesn’t take very much effort.
For most Americans, the conditioned response to government of the opposite party (fear, loathing, disgust, hate) trumps common sense. On an immense scale. Sad.
So, what are we left with? Little concern when your information is collected and sold by a For-Profit entity with limitations based only on those it places on itself BUT major concern when your information is collected and analyzed by the Government in order to defend the country based on the limitations provided by the duly enacted laws of this country.