A Louisiana woman is scaling back on Facebook because she's worried a bad joke or old friend might one day tie her to a government probe. A college student in California is encrypting chats and emails, saying he shouldn't have to sweat snoopers. And in Canada, a lawyer is rethinking the data products he uses to ensure client privacy.

They're part of a swath of everyday people who are reviewing and changing their online habits after learning about secret surveillance programs run by the U.S. government.

The programs that targeted phone records, as well as emails and information transmitted on the Internet, has sparked a debate about privacy.

But some people are now also reconsidering basic questions about today's interconnected world. Among them: How much should I share and how?

[Associated Press]