A few words from a sad soul.
1. Government ARE NOT trustworthy, they have proven this "time and time again".
2. Sad but true, we should always try and block any privacy concerns from Governents because of "point 1".
Since most Governments are "business based" - it makes sense that these greedy sods do not get absolute control of civilian "peasants" lives completely or we could all turn out to be much like the movie "V for Vendetta" etc.
End of day, this will accomplish alot of positive things (like super-computer detection + reporting on terrorist cells, etc etc).
However humans are always afraid of change and the negatives that could occur are what?
Spying due to flaws in the software
More cyber crimes?
Personal details leaked online?
I say "bring it on, what's new right?"...
On a "whole different perspective":
Criminals, etc should never have been allowed in the first place to dominate the internet - anyone that does not realize that the Governments of the world are "pegging back" such activities (online) and to some extent "regaining control" are perhaps on the wrong side of webmastry...
I recently published a thread on this website detailing sb niche takeover + business spamming.
Now this is a "stab in the dark", but I forecast that within 10 or so years, website will require either "licences to operate for certain search terms" (meaning only legitimate companies may dominate the serps and the rest of us "the affiliates and adsensers" get "left behind" - much like within society already... If you consider "business owners" as non-peasants and "civilians as adsense'ers, etc").
Change is inevitable my friends, it's inevitable, I think this tapping exercise is just the beginning, while Governments of the world slowly shape the internet into their already "so called" perfect existance.
Do not expect to make money online for too much longer, if you are "in the game", make sure you set up legitimate businesses NOW in anticipation of this change.
(incase you missed it, only companies will be allowed to get organic serps for their websites in the future, just as with society, they favor the richer people, ensure you are positioned to take advantage of this "guessed" fact" which I concede is totally groundless, however in my personal opinion, inevitable).
(Eventually Governments will impose "allowed search provider" and limit specific countries access, etc, etc, you want to be in the "allowed list").
I think this is a far more imperative argument than the eves dropping ability of Governments and eventually freelances.
End of day "what do we all have to hide, nothing right? we are "scott free", we have done nothing wrong and therefore should not be too alarmed at such impositions - right?".
Furthermore, in response to some "decrypt, encryption" questions and answers...
If you think super-computers cannot decipher "no encryption code, highly encrypted messages", Perhaps I ought to remind you that technology is some 50+ years more advanced than we are being allowed to believe.
Remember the cover-ups okay, "this was first seen in 1900's, but was originally created in 1808, by "x" in "x town" and only now are the secret documents leaked to uncover this fact. etc.
Meaning, the technology you see today, online and for computers, is probably the "tip of the iceberg" (Just because the internet does not reflect the advancements, does not mean that they are not there).
If anyone knows army protocols and heard of "RD" then perhaps you know what I mean. They can ALREADY do this, the legislation is just there to "legalize it", possibly because they where busted somehow.