Originally Posted by A.Nonymous
We trust companies far more than we trust governments. Companies at least have some motivation to keep our data safe. If they leak it/lose it there are economic consequences and they could end up out of business. Not so much with the feds.
Companies only motive is to extract as much wealth as possible from your data. If they misuse it and get caught, oh well, the worst that can happen is they just change the name on the storefront and continue on. If government officials get caught, much more publicity, hearings and possible jail time.