I can be rather paranoid at times. However, I fully expect that anything I do on a computer or over a cell phone (oops I don’t have one) will/can be overheard/recorded/spied on/etcetera. There are lots of services that promise privacy and secure transactions. Guess what buddy, it is not happening.
Yes, Google reads my email. I hope they find lots of interesting things: 2,134 emails with my wife about our daughter and what she is doing, 1,254 emails from students needing things ‘right now,’ 5,672 emails discussing agenda items from upcoming and previous meetings (I am an unwilling recipient of those).
Anything you do online or on a cell phone is viewable by others. The convenience of the technology makes it very easy for this to happen. Should our government be spying on us, no. What can you do about it? Nothing. I don’t mean to be apathetic about this, but consider the following. Martha Stewart was jailed for insider trading. HSBC was fined two weeks profit for laundering money for Mexican drug cartels, you know those gangs that torture others with power tools.
Martha Stewart went to jail. HSBC was fined.
Yes, the government is going to spy on you. No, the government should not be doing this. Write your member of congress and let them know you do not support this and that you vote. That is about the extent of what you can do.
Also, why the hell does youtube show me a commercial for McDonalds before letting me watch this?