The Information Age has been upon us for possibly decades now. It is impossible to really know what information is out there and how its being manipulated. By controlling the knowledge of certain information about the human culture, a person or group of people can hold a vast amount of power. The government and other large parties have learned that information is everything and that it is used as a tool for control.
Respectable companies sell and buy consumer's personal information to other companies. Criminals base identity theft crimes around stolen information from individuals.