“It’s probably true that most of those people took steps that didn’t make any appreciable difference against an NSA level of surveillance, and probably not even against the even more pervasive corporate variety of surveillance. It’s probably even true that some of those people didn’t take steps at all, and just wish they did or wish they knew what to do. But it is absolutely extraordinary that 750 million people are disturbed enough about their online privacy that they will represent to a survey taker that they did something about it.Name another news story that has caused over ten percent of the world’s population to change their behavior in the past year? Cory Doctorow is right: we have reached “peak indifference to surveillance.” From now on, this issue is going to matter more and more, and policymakers around the world need to start paying attention.”
Folks are now paying attention to the threat of surveillance, not by cybercriminals, but by governments who need to protect national security. As Schneier points out, an “all or nothing” approach to surveillance does threaten our privacy rights. And it won’t change until the global collective “we” does more to speak out.
Thanks to Bruce Schneier