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Certainly not the carriers or vendors.

Sadly, it seems "the public" just doesn't care all that much. (If they're even aware of the implications of their complacency, which seems doubtful.)

People definitely care on a deep level, but how could a non-technical person express their lack of consent? I hear people expressing their concerns in the form of paranoid theories. But their theories are true. Many people I know already censor themselves around phones, assuming the devices are listening and sending personal conversations back to some server.

OK, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. If the (ostensible) purpose of laws is to keep people/corporations in check, and our representatives make the laws, then the answer to your question, it seems to me, would be political activism, would it not?

There are reasonably well organised political advocacy groups around privacy, "digital rights", and so on.

The trouble is, most of our elections are decided on a very small number of very high profile and high impact policies: economics, education, healthcare, and the like.

Technology raises many minor issues that affect lots of people, often for the worse, but few are going to care about those issues more than their child's education or putting food on plates.

Meanwhile, the tech firms getting insanely rich off these kinds of measures have small armies of lobbyists "advising" the technologically naive political classes on what they should be doing, backed by effectively unlimited war chests.

Until we have political systems that aren't dominated by rare elections decided by very few issues, this will unfortunately continue.

Oh sure, I agree. My point was that in order for our political systems to be less dominated by "the standard issues," people need to literally get out there, en masse, for anything to seriously change. (Think civil rights movement scale, not OWS). But I think you've hinted at the larger issue when you said "people care more about putting food on plates" - too many people simply do not have the freedom (time/resources) to care about anything other than "keeping their heads above water", as it were.

Among the "normal" non-geek people I know, most seem to take the pragmatic view that they don't like or want these kinds of intrusions, but since they assume everyone making devices like smartphones is at it, they grudgingly accept it rather than give up what they regard as a valuable device altogether.

I think at some point soon, reality is going to force ordinary people to become more aware of the privacy and security implications of all these technologies they accept into their lives. The trouble is, as we've just seen with the IoT DDoS attack, by the time large numbers of people become sufficiently aware and motivated to do something about these issues, serious problems may already have happened.

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