If I disclose information to you, your power with respect to me increases. One way to address this power imbalance is for you to similarly disclose information to me. We both have less privacy, but the balance of power is maintained. But this mechanism fails utterly if you and I have different power levels to begin with.
As an addendum, here´s another article at Wired about more gubmint wiretapping. Actually, that makes it sound tame. How about ¨wholesale surveillance¨?