The FBI chief, Robert Mueller, was recently almost the victim of a phishing attack. When speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California, questions from the audience were posed to the chief. One began as follows: To which Mueller replied: So, which concerns you more, government snooping or hackers/phishing/theft? And why? Edit: Let me add that under the government snooping option should also be all law enforcement agency snooping and all government data retention laws, including the use of public data mining for purposes of government and law enforcement. Just to be clear, RIAA/MPAA data collection do not count as government snooping because they are private institutions dealing in civil matters. Option 1 is only concerned with high level government/LEA snooping not private institution snooping of their own volition.