I don’t pay much credence to the theory that there is wilful collusion between government and corporate entities, but their is no doubt that our activities, online and off, are being tracked, and the resulting data can have many different uses for many different entities. We are the product.
The current surveillance state is a result of a government/corporate partnership, and our willingness to give up privacy for convenience.
If the government demanded that we all carry tracking devices 24/7, we would rebel. Yet we all carry cell phones… If the government demanded that we give them access to all the photographs we take, and that we identify all of the people in them and tag them with locations, we’d refuse. Yet we do exactly that on Flickr and other sites.