For once, I have to disagree with where this article is going. I have seen a great example of how a politician would legally get away with refusing to give information used on his personal device/account to do government business because he used his personal device/account even though there was a business one set up for him to use and he chose not to use it. If you use your personal email or facebook for work/business related stuff, then your work should have the right to access their information and be able to track it. I think a law requiring access to accounts that have been used for work/business would force people to seperate personal accounts from work accounts. Simply put, if I use my facebook to do business on behalf of a company, they should have access to their own business.
I know apartments and condos that require codes at the gate to drive through have universal codes for law enforcement and other people like firefighters to be able to enter quickly and without having to contact the owner permission. I think they're trying to use that same logic for this situation.
I still see activism no the side of over-reaction on several things. Mostly all of the ones I've heard of are on change.org. Petitions to stop using a chemical which can cause mental illness at dosages nowhere near the normal rate of use (Brominated vegetable oil), or GMOs, or pesticides on food (organic activists), mercury in teeth fillings, and so on. Did you know cigarettes contain arsenic? So do apples, and so on. So much hype over little things. I try to ask myself "Will I die from this? Will my lifespan be significantly decreased?" Personally I think the TSA "agents" should be on a heightened sense of uneasiness (by using skilled training to look for and spot disasterous situations) at the airport, instead of systematically making everyone else feel that way because of them.
I personally wouldn't mind if my boring life was recorded, just to be able to rewind back to when I got mugged, when I was hit by a hit-and-run driver, when I was...etc. The issue I have is that it will cost lots of money, and who will be paying for it in the end. Same reason why the cop I called didn't go all CSI on my car after it was vandalized, even though there were hand prints on it. It's just not worth the time and money.
I bought a WiFi router several years ago, the cheapest one available in Wal-Mart. It came pre-configured with a password printed on the bottom of the router. I actually can tell that most do since I've seen so many devices still named by their default locked when I'm looking for a connection.
Though I disagree with you about leaving WIFI unsecured, the fact that it's Germany saying they collected information only off of open WIFI connections. Ironically, I read in a previous article that having WIFI open is illegal and will get someone fined for it in Germany. (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100512/1116409394.shtml)
It took just one person on the run to shut down an entire large city. One person who's now in the hospital and who's rights aren't being read because that entire city is supposedly in grave danger. How many to shut down the entire country and force everyone to stay indoors at night?