How is this not the equivalent of a phone company recording your phone conversations without a warrant, and how does this not violate wiretapping laws? Deep packet inspection allows them to see what you are saying on blogs, in messaging web apps, etc, if it is not encrypted via https.
Do you want to know why people like this site and others like it, and why the following here is so large?
Sites like TechDirt take press releases and news stories full of corporate and political double speak/lies/utter and complete bullshit, remove the untruths and distraction, and leave us with something approximating the truth. Which is a breath of fresh air, in an age of corporate owned media outlets, all of which are either biased toward one side of the political spectrum or the other, or have agendas.
When you've got numerous government agencies that care more about their ability to gather intel or make their jobs easier than the safety and security of the public
Most of the time it is defense contractors and security firms selling the government a bill of goods, in an attempt to sell services or products (software) to them. The intel communities around the world believe, that more information is better, and that is not the case. The more information you have, the less likely it is that you will find anything of value due to false positives. In the end government electronic snooping makes us less safe not more.
The past News Corp - MySpace deal is a good indication of what a non-internet company will do for an internet company. Five years down the line, the members of techdirt should get together, pool our lunch money, and buy Yahoo ...