UserFriendly - 5:56 pm on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
In Britain we've had a rash of accusations about a trashy newspaper helping itself to phone taps on celebrities so they can line their trash rag with exclusives without the need for actual informants. The editor at the time (who of course claims he had no knowledge of such actions) is now director of communications for Britain's new government.
The problem with cracking another layer of privacy is that once opened up, any sneaky tabloid journalist / private detective / dishonest employee can help themselves.
I reckon innocent folk will suffer, while serious criminals will simply move to custom software for which the authorities have no crack. And the only solution to that will be to make it illegal to use encryption tools which aren't approved by our glorious leaders.