Back when I was in the Air Force, we had to do random opinion surveys. One time in particular sticks out for me. It was an anonymous survey. On the survey, for data collection, however, they asked for background information, to get a sense of demographics (the survey said). So I had to answer some questions before I could render my opinion. Let's see how anonymous this survey became:
Month and year of birth
AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code, the particular job you hold in the air force)
Married or Single
Male or Female
Date arrived at duty station (month and year)
Then they proceeded to ask questions on how we felt about various subjects. I can't remember in detail; it's been four years. But the background information really stuck out for me. How hard would it be to check military records to find out who I am? Is this information really necessary to get a frank appraisal on current feelings of active duty members? It doesn't really seem too be terribly anonymous, short of not asking for your name or social security number.
Now, my question - Should the tracking system that is being used by the NSA be allowed? If no, could it be changed so that it would be allowable by you? What are your reasons for concluding yes or no?
Note that I am not asking whether it is legal or not. This is a should question, not a question of legal conclusion.
Take your time and come up with your answer. I look forward to hearing your responses.