The real outrage here is that there is so little of it.
It casts in a new light all those friendly and happy brands such as Microsoft, Google and Apple.
But nothing digital was ever private. Real terrorists know this.
Never say anything via a digital medium (including this blog) that you wouldn’t want to read on the front page of a national newspaper the next day.
If you want something to be secret, write it by hand, put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and put it in a mail box. To be really sly, use invisible ink. For some examples, see Letters of Note. (There are some really interesting letters in here.)
This massive surveillance operation is aimed at ordinary Americans, not terrorists (American or otherwise). It works as a digital panopticon. It’s not what they might hear or see that matters—it’s you knowing that what you say or write might be heard or seen. The principle has operated in penitentiaries since the nineteenth century. Now all of America is under surveillance. They can’t say they weren’t warned.
For the complacent, Moodle works in much the same way.