No, not beer or sex, but the encryption over the networks!
While Jim Dempsey of the Center For Democracy & Technology supports the right to privacy, Chalie Savage, via the N.Y. Times writes that:
"Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages."
While one could argue and perhaps agree with the view that innovation is hindered by the inclusion of such capabilities, security trumps over privacy.
Indeed, a solid case exists that the private companies that are leading the growth in social networking, owe their very existence to government's role in the development of the Internet as we think of it today.
For more background on the Internet, visit the Interesting Sites Page here and follow the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency link under the Futurists Sites heading.