An excellent essay by Bruce Schneider on government organized initiatives worldwide to reduce internet privacy and for censorship. There is also evidence that criminals can (mis)use such infrastructure for their own purpose. Please click here to read.
Every year brings more Internet censorship and control — not just in
countries like China and Iran, but in the United States, the United
Kingdom, Canada and other free countries.
The control movement is egged on by both law enforcement, trying to
catch terrorists, child pornographers and other criminals, and by media
companies, trying to stop file sharers.
It’s bad civic hygiene to build technologies that could someday be used to facilitate a police state. No matter what the eavesdroppers and censors say, these systems put us all at greater risk. Communications systems that have no inherent eavesdropping capabilities are more secure than systems with those capabilities built in.