Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't. @Joe 48
By contrasting identity theft with wholesale surveillance, you are confusing the argument. I, too would like a world where identity theft is prevented. But this won't happen by the government watching what everybody does.
Having concentrated data is more likely to cause identity theft if the information that is kept by GCHQ/NSA ever leaks. Imagine what damage could be done if in one information dump, miscreants get health records, bank details, loan information, social security data, work history, email trails, especially if this data contains access credentials to all of your on-line systems gathered through state-sponsored data gathering and cracking of the very cryptography systems that people believe keeps them safe on-line.
After all, we all know how good governments are at keeping such data safe!
I may come across a bit paranoid here, but it is probable unsafe to be too complacent.
BTW. Honesty is not enough to get/maintain SC clearance. If your honestly reveals the fact that there are serious concerns about you having a blackmail vector (serious debts, family members working in unstable areas of the world etc), or even if it shows that you've been out of the country for extended periods, then you will get SC clearance denied. I've seen it happen, and the first time I applied, the clearance was seriously delayed because I gave as a personal reference an upstanding professional member of the community who happened to have been born in Kenya during the Empire days (I did not think that it mattered - turns out it did).
And who knows how the rules may change in the future. It would be perfectly possible for those in control to make smoking dope in your history an automatic fail. It probably won't happen, but we cannot be sure.