a little research was necessary, a few clicks and I was ready to write.Since then, although I gave no personal details to anybody I have received a steady stream of invitations to apply for payday loans, to apply for credit cards available to people with bad creditrecords and other financial services. How do they know me? Well I might have given no details butfinancial businesses are big time miners of private data from our computers, and they shareinformation, sometimes with very unpleasant people. This trend for stealing our privacy is growingand is becoming institutionalized.At the most recent meeting of the G-20 group, central bank chiefs, finance ministers, and a motleycrew of other international bureaucrats were promoting what they hoped would be a new "globalstandard" of the automatic sharing of financial information.The USA and the EU led the way as they always seem to on this forced march back to fascism. TheUS version is the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) This sounds reasonable enough,we all hate those super rich hiding their money offshore to avoid tax don't we. The EU version of this law is more obfuscatory but amounts to the same thing so we'll just talk about FATCA. The problem with both is they put the burden of proof on the accused. We have to prove we do not havean offshore account rather than the tax authority being required to show grounds to suspect that wedo and that we are using it illegally.This particular bit of bureaucratic nastiness came from the UK Inland Revenue, now the Revenueand Customs Dept. which has always worked on the principle of guilty until proved innocent. It isan approach that echoes the style of justice meted out by medieval witch hunters.Through FATCA and other financial reforms, the America government and European Unioncommission are aggressively seeking new ways to undermine financial privacy.Financial privacy should not be viewed in a negative light, as it is often portrayed. The Swiss viewit as a fundamental human right to preserve dignity, akin to medical privacy. How would you feel if the government snooped into your medical records and automatically shared those records withforeign governments? Tough, they do.The stated aim of this new "global standard" is to rake in more money for bankrupt governments but if we step back and look at the bigger picture it there is a hidden agenda. FATCA will not raisesignificant funds for governments, estimates predict it will bring in for the USA around $9 billionover 10 years or $900 million on average per year. European financial institutions have provided noinformation on anticipated returns.With the deficit in 2012 for the US federal government at $1.1 trillion, the expected $900 millionfrom FATCA is about as significant as a little child weeing in the ocean (actually around one-tenthof one percent).So, it begs the question: Why would the US and European Union governments go to trouble of implementing FATCA if it's going to bring in such a piddling amount of money?Here's where the hidden agenda begins to emerge; the primary motivation here is control. The"global standard" is a path that will put governments around the world one step closer to being ableto track and control every penny you earn and every penny you spend. Think about the recentlegalized robbery in Cyprus when the EU raided savers banks accounts to fund a bailout of failing banks. FATCA also fits comfortably with the global . war on cash.