There’s no doubt that the invasion of our privacy was one of the key stories of the year. After years of sharing (and oversharing), we were reminded again and again that we’re being tracked by many different sources as we amble around the Internet. The government is watching. Online stores are watching. Marketing companies and advertisers are watching. Data brokers are watching. Basically, everyone is watching except your friends and followers. They’re sick of all your sharing. GigaOm’s David Meyer tracks the year that changed everything: An explosion in slow motion: How 2013 blew apart our notions of privacy. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: The last decade was about sharing. The next decade will be about protecting.

+ America’s fastest growing crime: The stealing of you.