I guess we are still drifting in the never land between real privacy and legal government surveillance. Not that you or I need to worry about being watched by the FBI unless we’re engaged in questionable activity or involved with others who may be the target of an investigation.
First. The Internet IS public by nature. And anyone who suggests that its not is misinformed.
Second. Digital privacy is also an illusion. You can encrypt and protect messages – up to a point – but even in the open they can be decoded if someone really wants to.
Third. Cybercrime and terrorism are real and deserve the attention of law enforcement, the government, and military. We might want to trust that their motives – however onerous – are probably in our best interests overall.
Fourth. Digital life is not perfect, nor are the investigative systems currently being used to police it.
Thanks to Naked Security