Here’s a chilling explanation by Bruce Schneier on how the Internet is being used as a massive surveillance mechanism, and how that likely will become more pronounced in the years ahead.
“Will you know any of this?,” Schneier ponders. “Will your friends? It depends. Lots of these devices have, and will have, privacy settings. But these settings are remarkable not in how much privacy they afford, but in how much they deny. Access will likely be similar to your browsing habits, your files stored on Dropbox, your searches on Google, and your text messages from your phone. All of your data is saved by those companies — and many others — correlated, and then bought and sold without your knowledge or consent…”