Do these people honestly believe the EUSSR isn’t monitoring them in the same way??? Or do they buy the phony outrage from their leaders.
Uhm, yes, until they have clear indications to the contrary, as we do now, that's what they'll believe, and that's what they and we should believe about European countries' policies. If you are in possession of those indications, then please educate us and educate those helpless ignorant Europeans as well.
Privacy in America only applies to sexual and reproductive so called rights. I could keep knowledge of the STD I caught from a prostitute from my wife, my wife can keep her sterilization from me, my daughter can keep her abortion from both parents, and my coworkers will never know I have HIV.
BUT I will get X-rayed at the airport, DHS drives around X-raying homes and cars, there is video surveillance everywhere, every hick police department has a drone soon, your email is read, you have check points pulling you over without probable cause, a cop can talk to your under age child at school without parental consent, drug testing at work without probable cause, polygraphs for many government jobs, the government has mandates requiring reporting on you (CDC NIH), warrant-less searches, government data bases that are all connected... Where do you live? You have NO privacy from government in the US and a Constitution which was written exactly to curtail these overreaches and the obvious dangers this poses has been interpreted to apply/mean privacy from our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers.
Norway, Germany, Sweden... all have tougher privacy standards than the US regulatory environment.