"When I give personal info to FB or Google or whoever I make the decision to do so, and I know what I've told them."
Really? Th8s is exactly the double standard. You *think* that because you don't use facebook that they don't know about you. But, every Facebook 'like' button on any website you use is tracking you. Using this information, and correlating visits to various sites by non-Facebook users and Facebook users, Facebook probably already has a profile on you and can determine to some degree your interests, friends, associates.
Why do you think various big players are interested in LetsEncrypt? They can track you with SSL everywhere while others can't. You are giving them more exclusive access to everything you do.
"When the telcos vacuum up my info they grab everything without even asking."
How do you know this? Regardless of what information they collect, the better question is, what protections do they provide? Since this is a European Telco, they would have some decent privacy protections in place (which Facebook and Google have violated).
Of course you Americsn don't seem to think a universal privacy law is required, the FCC is considering imposing restrictions on ISPs, but to anyone else you are fair game.
In many other countries, there are wider laws that cover all industries and regulate the storing and processing of private information. If you had something like this, you wouldn't have any irrational fears that ISPs track you more than Facebook, and everyone would have more privacy from the likes of Facebook and Google.
fuck the telcos.