There are ways to defend your privacy.
Long gone are the days the spy followed you down the road behind the screen of a newspaper, now they friend you on Facebook and let you tell them what you had for breakfast. As it appears all the main search engines feed everything you search for back to the CIA, it is a blessing to discover DuckDuckGo a new search engine who say they do not log your searches, you can surf anonymously.
One of the corner stones of Liberated Way is liberty, and it was with interest I have noted three conclusions from the daily cascade of revelations associated with the leaks of Edward Snowden.
Firstly, it is great to know what one small individual can shake and shape the world as Snowden is doing. Even little folk like me changed some aspects of my life to reduce State snooping into my life thanks to Snowden. I am sure tens if not hundreds of millions of people are changing habits and attitudes due to Snowden.
Secondly, it has been insightful to learn how joined up technology has become, how corporates and world governments have allowed the easy flow of information to the point a phone call of a harmless old woman in Outer Mongolia could in theory land instantly upon the desk of a spy in Washington DC, USA.
Thirdly, the depth of the paranoia and hubris that government rulers and their agencies have now become about their own people. One can infer two conclusions from the revelations of governments spying on citizens, which is they regard their own people as the enemy, and they have declared war on their own people. I am with Plato when he says the purpose of the State is to benefit the people, I think our rulers never read Plato, and probably would have renditioned Socrates.
I am a lover of liberty, which includes my privacy. The assertions of ruler and corporate that my personal information is safe rings hollow. It is the responsibility and choice of the individual to defend their liberty or allow faceless officials to take it away from them. Little easy things that help privacy includes abandoning the services of internet services like Facebook; using cash rather than plastic for purchases; getting rid of loyalty cards; using anonymous search engines like DuckDuckGo. The list goes on. Liberty will never be the blessing of the ignorant and lazy, but the choice is there for all to minimise the impact of the State in their life, family and home.