Global communications providers have for a long time operated in a world where freedom and individual rights were paramount and respected. Based upon the trust they placed in each other, they developed a “flat” trust model in sharing information across networks; for example roaming information for cell phones. Of course in countries such as America, the UK, and even Australia legislatures have allowed entities such as the NSA to access networks with fairly free hands leading the good boys at the NSA to of course look across this flat trust model.
Of course — and the NSA knows this — there are a few freedom loving nations left that have decided all of a sudden that an agency such as the NSA hasn’t earned much trust when it comes to poking into data streams moving around the globe. I think this is a good time in the history of the world. The world may very well turn off the NSA’s hearing aid.