Scanning people vs computer systems
We do have a choice and may want to appeal to our respective governments to help them with their priorities. The UK Ministry of Defence wants to enable:
Automated scanning of social media platforms (analyzing key words and interactions) detects change in population sentiment.
Local authorities are quickly informed of change in sentiment. Decision making is enhanced by local surveillance of groups of interest.
Escalated monitoring and intelligence gathering, with heightened readiness measures to respond in place.
Meanwhile scanning our vulnerable infrastructure may actually bring more direct benefits as 80% of the cloud assets have been hacked in the last 18 months (Ponemon)