Soon nothing at all will be private. The government will have access to everything it could possibly want to know about you. (It can gather it fairly easily already.) Powerful new Internet tracking tools and prediction algorithms are being deployed right now.
Warrant? We don’t need no stinking warrant.
In many cases these invasive tools are being developed by private industry. Surveillance is a booming industry. About the only one.
Email this person. Chat with that person on Twitter. Visit a website, all within a certain about of time? X+Y+Z+A (F) = You are a threat.
And don’t go trying to live off of the Internet either. That is very suspicious.
The new data troves are to be used for advertising, not government surveillance, and only made available to authorized third parties. Yet the NSA has proven adept at co-opting large pools of data for its own ends.
“Users did not have much control in the cookie era,” says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington. “But the problem is about to get much worse — tracking techniques will become more deeply embedded and a much smaller number of companies will control advertising data.”