Yes, sad indeed. Does a VPN help? (btw lighter was in quotes; its a heavy topic).
It may help in the same way that locks help keep (honest) people out of your house.Does a VPN help?
And remember, after 911 - Americans gave up our rights to privacy under what was called the Patriot's act.. I don't see us ever having privacy again. The day that happened, I shouted NO! This will give NSA the right to collect data on all Americans.... and all foreigners. It was too far reaching and we are being completely monitored. As a former employee in the 70's, I know what some of their capability was back then. I can only imagine what it is today.Now It's been more than eight years since Edward Snowden's revelations confirmed just how pervasive the "monitoring" is, but neither the American people nor their representatives in Congress have demanded a stop, or even significant changes to it.
@Bruce: hmm........... with a world population approaching 8 Billion people which is growing @ about 1%/year (i.e. 80 Million/year, or growing by the population of Germany every 12 months) - forget any notion of being "left alone". That's 20th Century thinking and it is an entirely futile pursuit (unless you are prepared to live as a hermit)!If you want to be left alone...............