With the current trend of governmental snooping for the sake of it, being a cause for concern around the globe you can in many cases protect your privacy by the simple use of special tools http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en
Why we need Tor
Using Tor protects you against a common form of Internet surveillance known as "traffic analysis." Traffic analysis can be used to infer who is talking to whom over a public network. Knowing the source and destination of your Internet traffic allows others to track your behavior and interests
GnuPG is the GNU project's complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880 . GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key managment system as well as access modules for all kind of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available. Version 2 of GnuPG also provides support for S/MIME.
Am I breaking the law by using encryption ?http://rechten.uvt.nl/koops/cryptolaw/cls-sum.htm
Please feel free to add your own links here that may help others protect their privacy in these troubling times.