An anonymous reader writes "I'm personally concerned about privacy in light of revelations by various whistle blowers. However, I'm really struggling to quantify the privacy risks posed by various technologies. I'm currently considering giving up on popular web applications and social networks by Google, Dropbox, Facebook, etc. However, I'm unable and or unwilling to give up on a cell phone and Internet connection. However, I wonder if there is any point to giving up on web apps if Verizon is recording and providing backdoor access to my cell phone location, telephone calls, messages, browsing habits, etc.
In general, how would you quantify the privacy risk of the following activities on a scale from one to ten?
- Owning a cell phone registered in your name
- Having an Internet connection registered in your name
- Using cloud services by Google, Dropbox, etc.
- Using social networks
- Having a car with the ability to transmit data
- Any of the dozens of other ways that I give up my privacy on a daily basis, but hadn't considered"