Think of this as Volume 17, Number 43 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
People, on the other hand, are analog, We are not always logical. We rely on intuition, half-formed thoughts being the root of many breakthroughs.
Laws are a human construct. Their enforcement is also a human process. Cops, and even prosecutors, set priorities, limiting their attention on some things, focusing it on others. The law is not absolute.
There are, of course, some priorities that are absolute. Keeping someone from blowing up the world, or our part of it? That's an absolute. Beyond that, we get into gray areas, preferences, where people are bound to disagree.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is charged with keeping people from blowing up the world (unless it's on orders from the President). They're as absolute a group as you could have. The people who might blow up the world, or cooperate with those seeking to blow it up, are increasingly connected through technology. So the NSA feels it's an absolute priority to gain, and maintain, all the data it can on everyone, in hopes that when it gets a clue about the world being blown up it can sift that data and prevent it.
Cloud technology has transformed what we can do with data. The NSA wants to do all of that.