Government admits to spying on gamers according to CNN:
Right to privacy, with implications for freedom of speech, is dead in the water.
I believe that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about.
Until you step on the wrong persons foot and he ruins your entire life just for fun, you can find thousands of reasons why that logic fails... Its simply the most ignorant reply to you are being watched second only to "TINFOIL HAT LULZ"
Make a bad joke in an online game, say an automated system picks up keywords and puts you on a list without your knowledge.
You could befriend someone who just happens to be a violent person. There was a gas station down the street from where I lived, it was run by an arab man for lack of a better term, not sure where he actually came from.
He pumped the gas, he was there for a while, no one thought twice. The guy was arrested on terrorism charges. This is in a small town in Canada. Anyone could have befrended him, anyone could have been interpreted as his helper. These police states never work, everyone being monitored.. thats nazi sh*t.
I have heard that statement "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to be afraid of" ripped to shreds so many times and tbh its pretty frustrating that I cant think the examples up. Its just bad logic and it doesnt work, from the people who do the monitoring.
If someone wants to make a case against you, they can.. having everything you do all the time enables anyone to be dealt with, that one president I think it was hoover, the guy who dressed up in womens cloths.. had FBI files on EVERYONE... if you f*cked him, he would f*ck you.. no one is clean enough to avoid a constructed case in that scenario. You do something that could be shaped and made to look criminal, even if youre innocent.
This has been going on since before the patriot act, the technology for mass monitoring by voice codewords was created in the 90s, some amazing percentage of all international calls go through the US even if they arent to the US.