@optimusjamie: All you're doing is describing the status quo
. You won't ever remove government privilege entirely; all you can do is elect leaders that you hope will behave responsibly.
@Ramidel: I've proposed this on other occasions — what I have in mind is a national data warehouse that is the single repository of all of your personal information. All electronic commerce would be required to go through this warehouse. Information would be "checked out" on a transactional basis, meaning that you get, with the customer's authorization, a token that lets you obtain information for purposes of processing a transaction only. There are ways this could be made sufficiently secure to prevent most forms of abuse.
As to whether a black market would exist, of course it would. It already does. But said market would be unable to access conventional financial transactions; we could lock it out of the system, so to speak — limit it to cash or cash equivalents only.
I've been thinking about this extensively and could provide much more detail if you want to hear it.
Oh, and as for Facebook, Google, and web tracking — just accept it. A fetish for script and ad blocking is just a stopgap. There's no value gained for the effort involved. Better to work for a political solution to give you control over your data.
edited 6th May '13 9:38:41 AM by Fighteer