Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network | John Naughton

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/18/google-not-gchq–truly-chilling-spy-network

Daily surveillance of the general public conducted by the search engine, along with Facebook, is far more insidious than anything our spooks get up to. When Edward Snowden first revealed the extent of government surveillance of our online lives, the then foreign secretary, William (now Lord) Hague, immediately trotted out the old chestnut: “If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.” This prompted replies along the lines of: “Well then, foreign secretary, can we have that photograph of you shaving while naked?”, which made us laugh, perhaps, but rather diverted us from pondering the absurdity of Hague’s remark. Most people have nothing to hide, but that doesn’t give the state the right to see them as fair game for intrusive surveillance. By now, most internet users are aware that they are being watched, but may not yet appreciate the implications of it. Continue reading…

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