There is a big difference between voluntarily giving Google or Facebook data, and the government (any government) just taking it. If you don't like Google, there are lots of alternatives. If you don't like Facebook, don't use it.
I disagree with the sentiment of this post. Your college degree only gets you the first entry-level job. After that, it is your performance that matters.
You don't get to 'practice your surgical skills' until you have a done a pretty extensive internship, which includes a lot of supervised hands-on work. Same with building a bridge or a dam.
While I don't condone cheating, I also don't think that your school performance means anything once you are past that entry-level job. I do a lot on mid- and senior-level hiring and your college performance (and even degree) means almost nothing to me.
Diplomas may be relevant in many fields because they kind-of set a baseline of what is expected to 'know' in order to do the job.
That said, I had a colleague (in the IT field) who insisted that we call him by his Professor title. Which I did, until I found out that his PhD was in Zoology. Which is as relevant in the IT industry as my own Hotel & Restaurant Administration degree.
A brilliant new way of orchestrating a denial of service attack. Just post any link (the cnn.com home page, for instance, or the Apple Store) and claim it is the latest song by U2 - and have the IFPI send a DMCA takedown for you.