Politicians seem content when government spy agencies monitor the online activities of citizens. However, the same politicians have a different reaction when the politicians find that they are also being monitored. A recent story from Germany illustrates the point. According to an article in the TutaNota.com Blog:
In Germany journalists uncovered that the browser add-on Web of Trust (WOT) saves users’ surf history to sell this data. While the company claims that the data being sold is anonymized, the journalists were able to identify several users, among those journalists, judges, policemen and politicians of the German government.
The politicians reacted shocked when they were confronted with the findings from the journalists. The data contained all websites people visited, for instance traveling information or porn websites. In one case the journalists could even access banking details and a copy of an identification card all stored in an unencrypted online storage service.
This opens the door for blackmail and identity theft.
You can read the full story at https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/politicians-monitored.
NOTE: TutaNota.com is a well-known provider of secure email that reportedly cannot be monitored by third parties.