To be brutally honest, from what I have read, the ability of the United States government and probably a multitude of corporations to track the sites I visit online is pretty much fact at this point in time.
In the same vein, I do not really have anything to hide and for that matter, anything to lose, should my browsing history be revealed to the world. I am sure there would be some questions and probably a lot of head shaking, but at the end of the day most folks would just move right along.
At the same time, a small part of me feels like my privacy being invaded is an egregious violation of my “personal” space. It makes me angry and those that support the practice politically will not enjoy my vote. Also, companies that support the practice commercially will not enjoy my patronage. Those are just two of the methods at my disposal to fight back against these practices. To put it in terms marvelously expressed by Peter Griffin: “Where in the bible does it say that a man can’t fire off some knuckle-children in the privacy of his own neighbor’s living room while his neighbor’s at work because I don’t have a DVD player?”
But speaking to the greater stakes involved, tracking the online habits of activists for the purpose of potentially using the information to discredit them in the future really sticks in my craw. At the same time using that very same data to better target potential customers is equally disturbing.
As I have said on more than one occasion and as many have said before me:
“IT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF THE MATTER.”