We, as people of the Earth, not as Americans, nor any other nationality, have certain rights that cannot be taken away from us. The right to free movement, the right to reproduce, and among other things, the right to privacy.
The Internet has ushered in an information age where almost anything is accessible to us with an internet connection. To most who have it, it is essential. We have become accustomed to it, we have come to rely upon it. If you are willing to look at the details of the Big Brother-esque programs that the NSA runs, this is not the article for you. There is one of that nature available on Leftish, but this article will strike a different tone.
One of the things that I hear most often is, “Why does it matter if the US Government spies on me?” “I’m not doing anything wrong, I don’t care if the NSA looks at my stuff.” These are idiotic arguments, and I shall explain why. First, your online activities are generally monitored for criminal activity. Most people do nothing wrong, but the NSA still feels like bulk collection of information is still something worthwhile in pursuing. But a large part of your online activity is monitored for commercial purposes, by the very services that you use. Google and Facebook are the biggest offenders.
Privacy, at least online privacy, does not seem like it matters much right now. However, I would argue that that is only because technology has not managed to infiltrate our lives at the level at which it would be noticeable. You have your computer, your phone, a TV, among other things, and these all record your activity, but you can turn off the TV. You can get rid of your phone. It is difficult, and extremely unlikely that anyone would do it, but it is possible to de-technologize your home.
This will change soon. I would argue that the possibility of people receiving government-mandated brain implants is possible within the next century. Maybe there will be some sort of Google Glass device that you can get implanted in your eye, eliminating the need for devices like laptops and phones. I cannot predict the exact course of the future, but the arc of progress is bending towards mass surveillance.
Privacy does not seem to matter right now because it is not threatening. We still have a semi-functioning Constitution and some people who care about privacy, like the ACLU.
This too will change. The youth of today are born and raised with advanced technology. Think about how common it is that you see a small child with a phone walking down the street. The Government and corporations are brainwashing the people of today to think that these advancements are good. That they protect us from terrorists and the like. The odds of being killed by terrorists is quite miniscule, however every person in the United States is continually monitored for no apparent reason.
The mass citizenry will not be alarmed until it is too late, and it is the responsibility of every person to fight against this mass surveillance. Allowing the US Government and other corporations to trample on your constitutional rights sets a dangerous precedent. Today it is the 4th Amendment, tomorrow it could be any other.
Your privacy matters because it is your right as an American to have privacy. Whether or not you care is up to you, however it is a right that everyone should have.