You normally put just factories in countries other than your own. Cisco's proposing to put development in Canada, which is unheard of. Sun and IBM used to have some limited development here when developers in California couldn't be had for love or money, but that's mostly gone by now.
I hope they know enough to discard the information after they're done the analyses, as libraries have long since learned to do when someone returns a book. Otherwise they can look forward to someone showing up with a court order and asking them for "a google search of everyone using more than 10 KW/H between 1 and 5 AM".
I'd also expect to tie the web service to "something I have" as well as something I know (my password). A good thing to uniquely tie it to is the google thermostat itself. It can give the owner it's private key via bluetooth and a "press to authenticate" button*.
[* this is a solution to a lot of "authenticate a device" problems]
Organizations are generally more concerned about foreign governments, such as ones who got a "google" certificate from a nominally Dutch CA. If they get told "you may not do business with country X", they'll be specifically interested in being sure country X can't eavesdrop on them with a forged certificate.
They're already quite aware certificates can be forged: many have forged their own to snoop on their employees.
Businesses are failure-averse. If they need to adopt a new scheme for certification in order to stay in business, they will.
Alas, rationabilis was used in non-ecclesiastical latin in strictly the sense of "capable of reasoning", or rational, while we were trying to translate reasonableness in the senses of
- Being within the bounds of common sense: arrive home at a reasonable hour.
- Not excessive or extreme; fair: reasonable [farlex]
If we'd used rationabilis, we would have a real risk of it translating back into English as "let spocky-ness flourish"
Actually it's an expectation a randomly-selected private individual would have, in the absence of specific knowledge. The proverbial "person on the Clapham omnibus" would have the expectation that the government won't act illegally against him. The paranoid wearing the tinfoil hat in the next seat, who considers all governments illegal and intrusive, doesn't count in this case.
It's also called "a reasonable expectation of privacy", where "reasonable" doesn't include admittedly illegal mass collection efforts by the CSE.
Now that the cat's out of the bag, reasonable expectations still hold (the action's illegal, after all), but absolute ones fail. Consult a lawyer in your country for specifics.
[1. It's interesting to note you can't translate "reasonableness" into Latin or modern French. It seems to be something very English-language-specific. My college's motto, "Let Reasonableness Flourish", is in English because of that oddity, and it says interesting things about other countrys' jurisprudence.]
On-line ordering depends on cheap physical-world delivery, and this will drive them out of business.
If they cut off mail, we'll either be reduced to post-boxes or parcel delivery. Boxes don't work for parcels, even in apartment buildings, where they used heavily. Parcel delivery has the same problem with boxes: everyone ends up getting a postcard and schlepping off to the local pickup point because the darned boxes aren't big enough to hold the parcel. And big boxes are unaffordable!
Parcel delivery, on the other hand, is insanely more expensive: it loses out on the efficiency of loading up a truck and doing every house on the street, one after another. Parcel guys have to solve the "travelling salesman problem" in their head as they zig-zag across the city. Street-by-street delivery is O(n), parcel delivery O(n!) (and NP-hard in the general case).
In effect, the government proposes we go back to the 18th century, and pick up rare and expensive parcels at a local substation, and pay through the nose for the manual handling that involves.
If you aren't one of the 1% who can have their servants pick up the goods they ordered, you're not going to order anything on-line. You'll go to the store, just like grandpa and grandma. (Of course, the government says they're "conservative", so maybe that's what they intended (;-))