The government is watching vs. the hackers are watching.

Plenty of government websites use ‘cookies’ to track our computer usage, this is considered a form of legal surveillance. Yet, surveillance is conducted by a hacker, it’s considered illegal. An argument would be that the government has our best interests at heart, that they wouldn’t do anything harmful to our computer – but hackers do not necessarily harm our computers either. Plenty of hackers just look at and track the websites you’ve been on, in the same way that the government uses cookies to do the same thing.

Would civilians rather be watched by the government or by a hacker? Who decides what is acceptable? Why is one organisation’s surveillance legal and another’s illegal?