Re: From the closing paragraph of the article...
It's not just nation states stealing the private information and it's not just politically active people being targeted. Why were 'we' so complacent as to allow such insecure services to become so critical to our political, business and private lives?
Or, why have we allowed security services to become so critical to our political lives? Apparently the whistleblower who started the impeachment process was a registered Democrat. Who may or may not have helped Adam Schiff create his 'parody' account of Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president. But he's just chair of the House Intelligence Committee, so making stuff up goes with the territory. Or, as the BBC puts it..
"We deeply regret that President Trump has put us - and the nation - in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena," the Democrats wrote in a letter to the White House.
Or the Democrats might deeply regret the position the Bidens put them in by creating real or apparent conflicts of interest around Ukraine. I'm not sure if the Dems have decided to do a Bernie on Biden and decided to cripple his chances of winning in preference for another Democrat runner, but it's an odd situation. It also demonstrates how polarised politics has become, ie the way parts of the media insist that allegations around the Bidens are just conspiracy theories rather than something that should be investigated properly.