I wouldn’t mind so much if they could be even-handed about it, but when did governments ever make a real effort to protect their citizens from having their personal information “pirated” by big companies, for profit?
This has come home to me more strongly as time goes on, because I now find that as an unemployed person, every time I apply for a job it has to be done online, and I have to divulge information that is not relevant, and they have no right ask for, but if I don’t, I can’t lodge an application for the job. Then I get spammed, and phoned by people with “special offers related to your job search” And after all this, not one employer has invited me to an actual interview yet. Am beginning to suspect that these job aggregating sites are too busy generating traffic for themselves, and selling our information to advertisers, to actually bother with the business that they claim to be conducting.
Of course mine is only one example of the many ways that those who can’t fight back, are being ripped off, so I think that qualifies as piracy. The media companies are among the biggest sinners in this regard.