Security expert and author Bruce Schneier had sobering words for the audience at a recent data privacy talk at Harvard University: We are “fundamentally under surveillance at all times.”
“We are very much living in the golden age of surveillance,” said Schneier, the author of “Data and Goliath.”
Schneier pointed out that data monitoring is a side effect of daily activity through use of cellphones, Google, Facebook and credit cards.
“If there were 30 people standing behind you as you were browsing the Internet you would say, ‘Get away,’ ” Schneier said. But because users can’t “see” Internet trackers, it’s less salient.