Matt Asay highlights the price we pay for “free” services (paid for with our data):
The minute we opened the doors to advertising to pay for our online world, we didn’t merely grudgingly give up our privacy. We sold it. Willingly. And we shouldn’t therefore be surprised that governments have eagerly been supping at the honeypots we’ve eagerly enabled to entrap ourselves.
The piece ends with a (I’d surely hope so!) rhetorical question:
The public has to ask itself a hard question: Do we care? Or are we happy to sell little pieces of our online selves in the name of ease and convenience?