Although many nations are conducting surveillance of the internet and collecting information in other ways, especially on their own citizens and especially of groups they consider 'subversive', 'terrorist', 'rebel', 'student', 'political', 'extreme', 'religious', 'cultish', and the like, GLOBAL EXPANSION OF SURVEILLANCE has been recently increased and more is expected.
The UNITED STATES, RUSSIA, & CHINA are the top three in the lead to do this, that is, map out the flow of information of all kinds around the world and to intercept communications that they wish to examine more intently usually in terms of 'NATIONAL SECURITY'.
Already, a reaction to some of this has been stirred up around the world and those who have become aware of telephone records, in particular, being scrutinized, are concerned over issues of 'privacy' which has been defined and re-defined in many ways.
Some peoples are indifferent to this issue of privacy until they discover their records have been scrutinized, examined intensely and over a period of time, without their knowing such was going on. Although criminals and dictators alike are concerned, many dislike what in the US is called, 'government snooping' an activity that has been done for decades if not for centuries since the US was founded.
WARTIME SPYING on subversive and sabotage groups is usually accepted and done without much fuss until it continues beyond wars and is extended into 'peace time' those sporadic breaks in the constantly warring world.
LEGAL PROCEDURES have been created for most government agencies in the US to conduct various operations, usually spying on potential threats to NATIONAL SECURITY, but also have been done for purely political reasons and for special reasons not always revealed until leaked out by the press or whistleblowers.
Several incidents of leaks and privacy invasions, and related stories have fueled interest in the public and business sectors and among some concerned citizens, groups, and corporations in these matters of 'privacy invasion(s)'.
The various similar problems and concerns in the rest of the world outside the US have also taken a few different directions but most of the nations that do show concern, for whatever reasons they may give, are in all likelihood, pursuing policies and practices that enable them to access all types of information and records and share such information with their alliances and other governments with the same goals in mind ; CONTROLLING POPULATIONS ON A GLOBAL SCALE AND AT ALL LEVELS.