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Nothing to hide, nothing to fear...

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If any of you are still in the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" camp (and really, I think y'all should be smarter than that), consider the following...

  1. After the EU elections, the far right is on the rise throughout Europe and the UK. In Greece, a neo-nazi party called Golden Dawn is well on the way to becoming the actual government.
  2. All social networks and corporate entities are compelled to comply with law enforcement requests for data in the countries that they operate.
  3. Facebook is the largest database of Jews ever created.

It doesn't matter if you trust your government when they say they won't abuse the blanket surveillance they put everyone under. It doesn't matter if you mind Facebook or Tesco knowing intimate aspects of your life.

It matters because once collected, the data is out of your control. It will be mixed with other data to build up a complete picture of who you are, who you know, where you are and where you've been... and that data will be around forever.

You may trust the people who collected it in the first place, but can you, hand on heart, say that you trust the unknown entities who will have access to the data in the future?

If you answered yes, I'm afraid history is very much not on your side.