#4. The Never-Ending End of Privacy
When Edward Snowden leaked top-secret documents about the U.S. government's surveillance activities, it created an international firestorm. The leaks revealed the flimsiness of our veil of privacy in the digital age. In the months since, it has reframed the terms of the privacy debate at large.
Today's privacy protections largely pertain to content. But Snowden's revelations focused new scrutiny on metadata: the who, what and when of our daily, tech-driven lives, which is being generated and stored in ever-increasing volumes.
"Metadata is more robust and detailed than content," says Paul Rosenzweig, a former Department of Homeland Security official. "It may be we're reaching a point where metadata is content."
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