How metadata compromises you

"It's only metadata," is the catch-all excuse for mass surveillance -- after all, if spies aren't capturing what your message says why should you care if they're getting who sent it, what its subject line is, where you and the sender are, and everything you do before and after receiving the message?

Privacy International's "Metadata" demolishes the rationalizations for mass surveillance in four short minutes. It's a beautiful exploration of a vital subject.

(via B2fxxx)