Inspired by thoughts I had about this question I asked in another thread:
A couple of things occurred to me:
This doesn’t seem to be a very common point of view, no matter what one’s political persuasion.
This view feels to me (and please correct me if I’m wrong) more common in Europe and other Westernized countries than here.
If there indeed is a big difference between the U.S. and the rest of the world in these terms, where did it come from? Is it an actual case of American exceptionalism (sort of)? Is there any reason we SHOULD trust the federal government more, either with our personal information or in any other way?