We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is a government sickness. It is evil. Even those road cameras are evil. America does not deserve a Big Brother surveillance state. The CIA is legally prohibited from surveillance inside the United States.
What the sociopaths that infest our government are slowly realizing, that in their insatiable desire to deny us any true privacy and truly free action, in the name of "Ordered Liberty"; the same forces and capabilities will redound upon all government activities.
Government sociopaths to the People: "Ordered Liberty demands there cannot be any secrets hidden from Us."
We the People to our governments: "Ditto! And get used to it!"
There is a historical analogue, when the weapons of war were able to overcome all passive defenses: a knight in plate armor and a crossbow; a city wall or a castle, and the trebuchet. Your privacy will now have to be actively defended, with the same tools as the spies use.
For instance: somebody from the Dark Web come a'sniffing into your network, and every one of your network nodes instantly launches a DDoS attack back: TCP SYN's, ARP queries, DNS queries, port scans. Your smart home router learns your net usage patterns, and when some rogue comm traffic lights up in your network, it instantly get bit-bucketed and honey-potted.
There are a number of bottlenecks or junctions in our phone and internet systems. Things like satellite links, communication towers etc. All of these are accessed by the NSA and have been since they existed. probably 95% of all phone and internet communications are monitored by super computers and can be searched in real time for key words by the sending or receiving individual and in other ways. All of the metadata is scooped up and collected/saved. The actual voice or digital content is not saved unless it is actively selected by the computers but any and all of it could be with the only limit being storage space and the manpower to actually listen to it or read it. The NSA does make an effort to not record or listen in on communications inside the U.S. but everything leaving the U.S. is fair game. But even those calls and communications wholly within the U.S. are picked up by the computer system and could be monitored or collected by humans at any time with ease. The NSA has been doing this since they were created but it is only as the system became more and more high tech that it came to include everything. If you send an email it will go through the NSA computer. If you call anyone more than a mile or two away it will likely go through the NSA computer. That the NSA "doesn't" listen into your phone call or email is technically true only in that the computer processes it but it is extremely unlikely a human will hear it or read it.
Is this good or bad? I am honestly not sure. I can tell you this, that the Russians and other countries do this as well. And I mean listen to "your" conversations and emails not just :theirs". So the question is do you want to allow Russia to listen to everything and forbid the U.S.? Will that put us at risk and give the Russians a tactical advantage?