Anyone with have a brain knows how to defeat snooping with encryption and ip hopping via things like the tor network http://www.torproject.org/
or a variety of commercial products that do the same thing. Encrypted messages are easy to send via PGP and the like. Anyone halfway technical or even that knows someone that knows much can skip around the non-sense in a New York Minute.
I remember when they started the school fingerprinting, in the name of protecting the children. I remember being forced to watch "Refer Madness." I remember government all the sudden making AAS illegal despite the fact that 40 years of research and not a single government agency supported it.
Every day, all day long, my servers get banged on my folks in China and North Korea because they want to visit "unapproved sites", like the free press. I've written iptables stuff that throttles them after three bogus attempts, but, it goes on all day every day.
It's like gun control laws, sodomy laws, and laws on pot. Folks are going to own guns, if they want them; fuck up the ass if they want; and smoke some reefer, too.
The monitoring just force ways around the technology but, believe me when I say this, if you want to get around it, it's a simple a downloading Tor.
I personally find fat folk repulsive but should we monitor fat-folks sites and make them unapproved? Of course not.
Some gays gays like to act like women but, they aren't sex offenders, when they go visit a tranny site? Will that be in the state approved list?
I forsee a day, because the technology has been with us for years now, where we all receive embedded RFID tags at birth that track our every move.
Decisions about the public good, privacy, and social responsibility are always hard.
There is value added, however, in all that snooping: it creates jobs to collect, warehouse, and sift through all those mounds of information, and that information is invaluable from a marketing perspective.
With cell phone companies, unless you opt out, your calling information is sold to marketers all the time. You must specifically opt out in the case of the wireless carriers and land line, too. Ironically, just last week Comcast LOST a case where they would be allowed to go to an opt out on your tv viewing information. They screamed foul that the wireless carriers had opt out but the cable companies are faced with opt in (they can't sell your viewing and browser information without your permission).
For those not in the know, text messages (SMS/MMS) are retained, by law, under The Homeland Security Act for a minimum of two years. Voice mail, however, is not subject to those regulations, although there is a push for that, too. Email, in many instances, is required to be retained for as much as SEVEN years.
Like pot control, gun control, prohibition, etc....it's more about the control, or false attempt at it, than actually getting it.
Folks who want guns get guns.
Folks who want pot get it.
Folks who want butt fucking get it.
Folks who want secure communications get it.
I think our country has gone way to far to the right, with fear tactics that prey on the ignorant and believers of false belief systems.
These laws do little for the public good.
While I don't support really weird folks, I think it's wrong, impractical, and a wasted effort to sift through The Internet.
What it gets down to is who gets to be in charge of what is "state approved."