NSA reportedly 'piggybacking' on Google advertising cookies to home in on surveillance targets | The Verge. Maybe we are looking at this all wrong? Everyone, including me, has been writing about the death of privacy for a while now. My good friend, Bill Holmes, linked to this article in the Verge about the NSA's use of Google cookies to track users. None of us wants our private information out in the ether; but, what can we do to stop it? Why, nothing of course. Technology has made it impossible to keep our data private. So, what to do? What if we made the penalties for using data obtained illegally so severe that no one would do it? I am not suggesting that exposure of private data be subject to the death penalty; but, there are some severe and draconian penalties that would certainly deter all but the most determined wrongdoers. It really comes down to political will. As long as the Government has an interest in data gathering, it will continue. Unless, of course, continuing it causes some severe pain.