Will giving the internet eyes and ears mean the end of privacy?

Corporations and governments are turning the internet into a colossal, always-on surveillance tool. Once passive objects are able to report what’s happening, where is the power balance?The internet has turned into a massive surveillance tool. We’re constantly monitored on the internet by hundreds of companies — both familiar and unfamiliar. Everything we do there is recorded, collected, and collated – sometimes by corporations wanting to sell us stuff and sometimes by governments wanting to keep an eye on us.Ephemeral conversation is over. Wholesale surveillance is the norm. Maintaining privacy from these powerful entities is basically impossible, and any illusion of privacy we maintain is based either on ignorance or on our unwillingness to accept what’s really going on.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/16/internet-of-things-privacy-google

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