How does the government prevent two or more private entities from cooperating in a legal venture? That sounds like the "big gubment" that everyone here in the U.S. decries.
Key part is that it's questionably legal. I thought hannibal outlined why it's questionable very well. The government is there to enforce the laws it creates, and to interpret those laws when the circumstances are grey.
As you pointed out, maybe we should have the same privacy we do on our telephone lines. Something noone (government or private) is allowed to tap (well they can now if you're a terrorist, whatever that is) with out a warrant.
And the thing is, most internet is over some type of telephone communication line. That or cable lines.
Hence the questionably legal aspect.
And our privacy rights do protect us from other private individuals. As well as our property rights. Hence why you can't peep in my windows, sneak around my property, and other various monitoring acts.
This post has been edited by lordofduct: 28 February 2013 - 08:28 AM