There are several aspects here, where I am concerned is on the principal level and so there is at least one alternative missing:
x I aint got nothing to hide, but am still scared shitless about how this develops.
Much of the larger picture surveillance including the one done by your operating system (Win 7-10) and other program installations would have been illegal in the pre-internet days, but even so many are making a joke out of it already. A joke I have a hard time finding funny.
The fact that I get local music-/computer-/whatever- shop advertisements when I surf a site in India, is more of an irritation, one I have handled and so I get the expected advertisements from India, Japan, U.S.A. whatever else but my local online shops.
The fact that ALL our e-mails are harvested and even though initially only automatically analyzed is more severe. None opened our snailmail yesteryear now did they? Is it o.k. that they open our electronic communication?
It is not so that they catch one single terrorist because of this as they already have their communication heavily crypted (including their phone communication) and so this is surveillance of the general population only.
and so on… and since the communication to this forum is not secured, whatever I write in here could potentially be intercepted on the way which by the way is not the same as the message being searchable here on the forum. The fact that I use the word terror as in terrorism makes it more likely that it is intercepted in this case. Personally I really do not care, but I find it troublesome on the principal level that we can not discuss freely as it only applies to ordinary people like you and me.
All medical records in Norway are online through nhn.no, a so called secure portal for all doctors and other health care institutions… And how long will it take before the insurance business finds a way to tap into it? When your son or daughter can’t get insurance against anything concerning the lungs because your father and great grandmother both had the same and it seems to pop up every second generation. You do not have anything to hide, would it be o.k.?
Every time we travel by air to a destination, we are harassed and made into doing all kinds of stupid human tricks to no effect at all.
It is actually totally pointless apart from telling us that yes, there are terrorists out there and we are going to use that excuse for whatever it is worth to place the general population under surveillance. They know that terrorists would not take their devastating payload through the security check anyway but find other ways to get it on board just like that bomb on the plane in Egypt recently.
The longer this general surveillance is allowed to continue, the lesser the individual’s right to privacy becomes and the more violent the fight to regain it. It is only a few hundred years since we were fighting for our freedom of speech and our privacy, is it o.k. to let it go just because we got nothing to hide?