Yapping poodles... we need a rotweiler
Can't help thinking these are all poodles yapping. They're nibbling away at Chunky Bites Dog food when there's steak right there.
Who cares about a few IP addresses by one company when a bunch a creeps hired by politicians are deep mining your communications? I suspect a lot of them are glad of the diversion. Hey, sure we're deep mining your communications despite the laws saying we can't, but hey Phorm!
Look at the recent two privacy issues, Sweden Anders Wik, there's a back story there, a decent attack dog could get to it. That computer the defense dept ordered just SCREAMS data mining, and Anders practically fessed up that they were already doing it. The lack of a free vote tells you they can't afford a free vote. Chomp! Yum Steak! The bureaucrats comments show they're not happy, even as the politicians stuff the sausage machine. But there's steak there, not sausage. Go on the attack, I reckon they've been mining already and they know it ain't legal.
Then there's the German law. It was announced on the back of Sweden's story, safety in numbers. Look at the nature of the man pushing it. A cripple, has special cripple status, can't be criticized too much, but he's wrong on soooo many things. Wants to kill people but can't understand why they wanted to kill him. Doesn't understand why we have courts and due process and protections, he's even done the implausible 'terrorists with nukes' scare stories. He's wayyyy out on a limb there.
Look at how the EFF went after the telecoms companies and they sh*t themselves, realized they didn't receive warrants, were all breaking the law, and could face jail time. Retroactive immunity screams desperate moves.
So, even though there's all these privacy black spots going on in the world and it looks like Europe's privacy directive is in shreds, this is what it's always like just before a storm ends and the sky clears.