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It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve been reading Mr. Schneier’s blog for a long time.
There’s no reason to believe that privacy is an all or nothing thing. How much you have is at least slightly dependent on the choices you make, e.g. having a cell phone, using social networks. Those things generate personal data that otherwise wouldn’t be available, to anyone.
The NSA can easily capture data sent over the internet. For stuff just sitting on your hard drive they’d have to actively crack your computer, but they’re only going to bother for high-value targets. They don’t have the resources to do that to everyone, and the odds of someone noticing would be too high. It would help them if your operating system contained a hidden back door. That’s easy if the operating system code is kept secret. It’s not possible if the code is public. You can increase your privacy on the internet by using tools such as PGP and Tor, but if you can’t trust the underlying operating system, those tools become worthless.
But who really needs privacy these days? As the saying goes, if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear. Though I’ll bet the same people who say that still close the door to the stall when they use the restroom.