Painful to have your illusions revealed, isn't it?
We could believe our governments really weren't as bad as the old Stasi for decades. Problem is, it was simply impractical to run a Stasi without people noticing the pervasive spying activities. That spying had to be done in person more often than not, required lots of operatives. It was impossible to Get Away With It back then.
Now it's very different. A few mouse clicks by a single cop can steal millions of data records, which are helpfully gathered in insecure silos by misguided tech companies (who believe Big Data is the future). Nobody has to visit and break in or tap the phone anymore. It all happens behind the scenes. The public bits are made secret by threats from the cops.
So now, freed from the physical constraints of raiding file cabinets, the cops are running WILD doing everything they would have if they had only been able to 20 years ago. They were ALWAYS nasty backstabbing bastards, they simply didn't have easy databases to raid and store and search against.
The implication is that the cops will run amok being as illegal as they can manage. Period. The very bodies tasked to protect our rights are leading the charge to destroy those rights. There's no stopping them, and the only ones who might could help us - the tech industry - are instead racing headlong to IOT spying which will give the cops more ways to spy on us.
Because Fishing Expedition database queries are always easier than fighting crime.