You raise some valid points which brings me to my hypothetical question. What if in 2-5 years down the track, there is a new government, all Anti-Transgender zeolots who decide to round up all the transgenders in your country and were able to do that because of the very data-collection that is going on presently? The problem is that no matter how benevolent your government is, it’s always changing like the tides. Political winds shift and bigotry, racism, chauvinism, religiocentrism, homophobia, cultural imperialism, discrimination, etc become a predominant theme in leadership in which some cruel-corrupted politicians can eventually get at the data collected today to do some nasty damage not only to your way of life but undo everything that people have in the past century have fought for.
They have set a precedent from which there is no going back by breaking dozens of laws, illegally gather information which sadly, people are becoming desensitized to. The very idea of being spied on 20 years ago would have sparked a Vive la révolution back then but because people are slowly accepting it even if they don’t like it means that the government and the big corporations can keep doing worse. We are standing on the edge of a precipice, from which there is no going back.
Let’s be clear, the government, big companies and even santa, do not have the legal right nor the moral standing to spy on you, period! It is not their business to know anyone’s personal life. One day, that information they have on you, can be used against you at any time. That’s a daunting prospect.