I have written before about how one should never answer the questions of any law enforcement officers who come to question you unless you have a lawyer present.
Meanwhile, the NSA surveillance stories have increased interest in finding search engines that do not store the information, do not use it to sell to marketers and do not leave an identifiable trail. One such search engine is DuckDuckGo. Another that I heard about from after my posts on this topic is StartPage which makes the following privacy claims and compares them to those of more well known companies in the wake of the NSA revelations.
I am not a technology expert and don’t know how to judge how successful these companies are at keeping your information private but I am sure that some readers know and hope they will chime in with information and even more suggestions.
As for me, while I am a private person by nature and will be using these alternative engines for searches, I feel that I should not have to work so hard to keep my information private, and resent being forced to do so. I am a curious person and look for information on a wide variety of topics, many of them political. I am certain that I am leaving a long trail of keywords in searches that some algorithm somewhere will trigger as being suspicious. But the idea that I should curb my curiosity to avoid such triggers is offensive to me and I refuse to play along.
I do not feel I should need to take extreme measures to protect my privacy from government snooping and becoming the target of unwarranted questioning. Like being able to assume innocence until proven guilty, one should assume that the government should not be able to keep tabs on people without probable cause. But those days may be gone forever.
What we have to do is be aware of, and use, our legal and constitutional rights if ever we are questioned by the government, and refusing to talk without a lawyer present is a basic step in that direction.