Still not buying this Bruce but each to their own.
The internet is nothing more than a plethora of routers connected by wires linked up to BT telephone networks etc to provide you with Broadband. If you go the 3G mobile route then then you have a wireless first connection to some server somewhere and then you’re into the World Wide Web same network of routers and cabling.
Whoever provides a service for you, any service, of any kind, you are still utilising all of that network infrastructure. Who owns that infrastructure?
All the owner needs to do is route ALL the traffic through a collection of routers or other “black boxes” somewhere out there in the WWW and then THEY have access to ALL internet traffic. You’d have to be pretty darn naïve not to believe that this happens.
So if all of your traffic and everyone else’s is at some point going through specially placed routers/switchboxes or whatever, then your only other last ditch grasp at straws hope of privacy . . . is that your traffic is in someway encrypted so even though THEY see everything, they can’t understand it.
For me, once again, you’d have to be pretty naive to think that the real “powers that be” don’t have access to those encryptions.
In the end then, all that matters is that you are a nobody. That what you do, what you browse, what you type, is of no passing interest to those constantly watching and monitoring. Like it or not, I am sure everything is being recorded and logged. If I were a crook, the very last thing I would be doing is using VPN or other so called privacy protection sites/services. It’s just such an obvious place for the authorities to look in and monitor. In fact if you “think big” then the whole concept of these privacy sites is likely a deliberate strategy by the powers that be to have illegal operators flock to them and thus ensure that the majority of illegal traffic gets streamed through such central places.
Bottom line. If you use electronic technology, be that internet, mobile phone, sat nav in your car . . whatever . . then YOU ARE CONSTANTLY BEING MONITORED, period.
Paying for the illusion that you are not being monitored is an interesting proposition. I guess it’s a way of blocking out some of the people who might superficially monitor you but that’s more like a protection racket than privacy, a bit like paying BT for caller ID so that you can block unwanted callers. BT could block all those calls at source without batting an eyelid, but they would rather run a protection racket and charge you the customer for the privilege to have the ability to block such calls. Really no different to Chinese Triads coming to you shop and asking for money to stop them trashing the shop.
The internet is just one huge surveillance mechanism. It’s fantastically useful, don’t get me wrong, but never forget you are always being watched. So just be a nobody . . imo.