“Privacy” is a strange concept. Up until a couple of hundred years ago, everyone lived in small villages where nothing was really secret. If you wanted to know what somebody was up to, you just asked around. Everybody knew everybody else’s business.
Yes, but if you left your village, nobody knew a darn thing about you. That was the reason for many an emigrant to the US and then, if things got too hot in their village here, on to the Wild West.
Plus, it wasn’t the government doing it. It was just nosy neighbors.
Nothing beats village gossip for truth and accuracy.
Except back then you knew who knew you. Now that link's severed. The contractor reviewing your data has never met you. Like the relationship between the concentration camp guards and the Jews, you've been de-humanized, and have become a thing to be controlled.
That’s exactly what I was going to say. When everybody knows everyone else’s business, as in the old days, fear of being the subject of a lot of gossip kept folks in line.
And remember the old “party lines” in the rural telephone networks. You could pick up the earphone and listen to what your neighbours were saying and you knew they had received a phone call because it rang on all the phones on the “line”.