I have written often about the risks of governments becoming a “Big Brother,” similar to what George Orwell described in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. If you haven’t read the book, you need to! However, let’s not forget that governments are not the only ones spying on you and me.
Corporations are sometimes just as guilty as governments when it comes to invading the privacy of citizens, perhaps even worse than governments. For just one recent example, read any of the thousands of online articles describing the recent spying and election meddling performed by Cambridge Analytica by starting at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Cambridge+Analytica&atb=v73-3_q&ia=news.
Then there’s the Russians. Oh wait, there’s not enough disk space available in this blog to describe all the recent spying and collusion performed by the Russians in the 2016 election and ever since. But if you really have an afternoon to spare, start at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=russian+spying+elections&atb=v73-3_q&ia=web.
Despite these continuing actions by governments, there is an even bigger problem: spying on consumers by corporations. In fact, several technology companies are now fighting a behind-the-scenes battle in California to undermine the new privacy legislation before it comes into effect.
For details, see the article by Kieren McCarthy in TheRegister at: http://bit.ly/2PwmqrN.