Privacy Advocates Set Their Sights On The Wrong G-Men

August 23, 2013

Since the exposure of the government’s PRISM program, privacy activists have been conflating the intelligence community’s questionable, closed-door electronic surveillance program with the voluntary, open, and legitimate collection of personal data by the private sector. Not only does this misdirection harm the efforts of policymakers to achieve real reform in government, it has the potential to disrupt the enormous economic and social benefits of the data-driven economy.