I'm pretty sure cloud storage is encrypted and while 'they' could probably crack that, I'm not concerned that 'they' will be interested in my photos anytime soon. I also order online, do online banking, and so on.
Prime in the US is well worth it, in Germany I can get anything I order from Amazon the next day. I can also put 3 Germanys into California and still drive around it..... With Prime I get things from NY shipped some 3000 miles to my house in two days.
I had prime in Germany too for some deal but cancelled it afterwards, not worth it there, I'd agree.
a) IF the cloud storage is done right, the encryption should be on the client side, with client generated keys - however this requires the client to transfer keys to devices that need to access the data.
b) The next step down is for the server side to encrypt - BUT this leaves two big holes:
1) keys can be stolen from the server holding them
2) companies can be forced to datamine for the government - in fact, they are forced as well (the best example being email) without disclosing it
Only point a) would be secure - but hardly anybody does that.
Of course I assume data transport is encryted too.
The other option is to say the only things you put on the web are those you would not mind becoming public - in that case b) may very well be sufficient, BUT I'd still be wary of the potential for harm through unsubstantiated accusations.
And yes, the "five eyes" have effectively broken the internet.
Before it was only clear that companies datamined - and hackers stole data.
Nowadays we know our governments spy on us... because they can, not because they have a warrant.