Millennials -- those who grew up in the digital age -- have complicated feelings about privacy. As Fusion host Alicia Menendez pointed out on “Come Here and Say That” Monday, most are wary of government surveillance.
But are privacy matters all that concerning to a demographic that regularly exchanges personal information for services like Gmail or Facebook?
On Sunday night, key provisions of the Patriot Act expired that had allowed the government to solicit phone and email records from companies, using secret courts to get the requests approved. In a tongue-in-cheek manner, Menedez said it was “the first time since the weeks after 9/11 [that] if I prank call you, it won’t be logged by the National Security Agency.”
Regardless of whether Congress reinstates the provisions later this week, as expected, Menendez pointed out that “plenty of Americans will continue to voluntarily hand over their information to Big Brother for the sake of convenience.”
She rounded out the segment by pointing out that Google has announced contextual mobile search, which will give users results based on their current physical location.