Recently the world found out everyone is spying on each other and collection data about everything we do on the internet - which is not really surprising. Now our minister suggests to just stop using google (or just plain stop visiting websites that arent german) if we fear being spyed on.
Not is this idea completely stupid and today nearly impossible (more later), but isn't it the job of a politician to CHANGE things that are bad? I mean if I wanted stupid suggestions how to prevent things by not doing them I wouldn't ask them. HE should be the one trying to change things, talk to the us, uk and the other countries that are collecting data and make a law or something like that to PREVENT it. To make it illegal to spy on people and collect data about them (well, for 3rd parties - google makes it's money by collecting data and that isn't exactly bad as long as they don't give it away freely to people).
Enough of that, so exactly why is it a bad idea? Lets just start with Google. ~60% (can't find exact data on that) of all smartphones in germany run on Android. Android is made by Google - whoops. So, how about switching to another brand? Apple, a US company.. What about the 3rd most popular one? Microsoft? oh.. still a US company
Let's just assume you don't have a smartphone and don't plan to get one. ever. Well, Google is (in my opinion) the best search engine. But you could obviously switch to one of it's competitors, right? Bing is (again) Microsoft Yahoo? nope, US company ..ask? nooope, US company Aol search? (who the fuck even uses that!?) still a us company
Well, fuck. And even if you were NOT to use a search engine at all, what about googles ads (adsense)? Those seem to be somewhat*cough* popular... You get the point, it is stupid.
And even if you WERE to install an adblocker, never visit any of the mayor social networks and stuff you'd still run into trouble. Not all german sites are hosted in germany. Lets take me as an example, my servers are located in france (paris to be exact), because the provider is awesome and fits my needs nicely. Oh.. france is spying on people too?
MAYBE you should just all get together and create a goddamn law to prevent such things if you care that much - which you obviously don't 'cause you don't even know what the hell you're talking about.