Re 'The greatest facilitators in the most intrusive and pervasive surveillance programme in history are the IT giants themselves."
Yes its like the UK too, collect all for the UK gov but want the media to stop reporting that collection for the gov 24/7 is policy and routine.
"UK ISP boss points out massive technical flaws in Investigatory Powers Bill" (Nov 27, 2015)
"....which forbid ISPs from revealing what snooping is being carried out on their systems."
"The Home Office revealed that it was the larger telecom companies that asked for gag orders to be imposed."
All Snowden did was expose the vast US domestic unconstitutional surveillance networks to the public via the US constitutionally protected press.
Junk encryption been sold as a standard, low quality education endorsing and creating weak crypto standards over decades, useless standards, poor quality code, data connections within telcos own systems for gov (splitters), "collect it all" domestically without warrants.
The "Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act" and the standards it set should have been understood for what big telcos would do to all US and global (peering) telco systems and standards.
The "Silicon Valley's privacy policies" never existed, every connection and system set up by big US telcos was always and will always be gov intercept ready as deigned and by default.