I’m unsure if Edward Snowden is a hero or not. Why should I care if the government knows what numbers my cell phone number is connected to? It’s all in aggregate and it’s not connected to any names. It’s really no different than what TiVo or your local cable company knows regarding your viewing habits or what companies know from the tracking cookies on your computer. If you’re going to use 21st century technology then the trade off is some privacy, it’s plain and simple. Now with Snowden putting this stuff under the magnifying glass we may be less safe despite us not giving up any liberty for more safety.