In a nutshell, it allows the government to spy on any of your information. Video, images, calls on skype to landlines or from computer to computer, searches on google, your profiles on social media sites… etc. In addition to the requirement of Verizon to release all phone logs, this is a violation of privacy on an unprecedented scale. It is a further expansion of the unnecessary Patriot Act signed into congress during the Bush administration.
Of course, there isn’t much of an outcry against this. Our ubiquity of social media and sharing of personal information on, say, twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc, has pretty much paved the way for this sort of act to be signed into place. What’s one more group looking at your site, even if it is the government, right?
Wrong. Given time, information that you may publish could be used against you by law enforcement and government agencies. Americans have been giving up civil rights regularly over the past fifty years, and it is getting to the point that we will have no rights left.
America will no longer will be “Home of the Free.” It is becoming “Home of the Observed, Controlled, and Wiretapped.”