Friday, June 21, 2013 | 2 a.m.
When you surf the Internet, companies place tracking cookies on your computer so they know the sites you visit, and you give up some of your privacy. When you use GPS on your cellphone or in your car, you give up some of your privacy to communications companies. When you’re out and about and someone uses their cellphone to take an unflattering picture of you and throws it out on the social sites, you lose some of your privacy. When you give up a lot of personal information to Facebook and other social media, you are giving up some of your privacy. When you go to stores with surveillance cameras (of which there are many), you give up some of your privacy. When your email provider uses keywords in your email content to connect with advertisers, you give up some of your privacy. When you fall victim to scammers and phishers, you give up big chunks of privacy.
None of these privacy invasions is by the government. So when the government keeps track of your phone and email activity, why is there so much of a stink about invasion of privacy? We compromise so much of our privacy to corporations without realizing how much they know about us, yet we make such a fuss if the government is involved.