This has been a topic of interest to me ever since I heard Dan Carlin's podcast about the 4th amendment and the way we live today.
What I especially liked was that his comments about the way to control tracking of our personal info (just ask them to let us edit it the way that Amazon does with our preferences) showed a high degree of common sense. His commentary was sparked by the article The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves. At the time he pointed out that no political leaders were speaking up on this ruling ... although it looks as if that is not the case now.
The Obama administration has urged a federal appeals court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects' vehicles to track their every move.Gee. I'd rather have them not speaking up than going for the Big Brother option.
Read more at Wired
Anyway, that is what made me interested in the BetterPrivacy addon. I can keep the cookies I want, and dump those I don't. Most importantly, I can find them.