If they can't even get a 3-year sentence to stick on an "uneducated, immature soccer mom", what chance do they have against high ranking officials that will be even harder to pin down anyway?
You nailed the issue on the head. The only solution to this is to guard your data and not allow government intrusion into people's lives. It may be legal to bully people to suicide or make them mad enough to break the law but the real issue is the ability of the government or any other corporate force to have easy access to one's Facebook, or cellphone data. This is why guarding your data is extremely important, to ward off against these kind of abuses. I think Aaron might have still been alive if the prosecutor didn't have access to Godly surveillence powers and an apparently infinite budget. (They took his Rock Band controller, seriously?) But believe me there is no money in doing the right thing, so the solution seems to be obvious, get rich (an option which is totally easy and available for everyone), or join a team of hackers... err surveillence experts. Either with 'em or against them, can't be left alone anymore. Also if you think this is just the U.S. you'd be wrong. All these X Eyes countries are following within the footsteps of turning the world into a large satellite dish, all in the benefit of a handful of individuals and illusion of safety. It's theatre, and you're in it.
to legal but privacy-unfriendly purposes by commercial enterprises
How about we look at some ratios in statistics. How many people's "right to be left alone" have we violated vs. the good this has done? I bet you the number is staggeringly leaning towards violation of people's privacy and state of mind. If you want historical proof about how bothersome this might be, read about World War II Jewish survivors of Nazi Germany, and see how they rated lack of privacy in their list of uncomfortable things they were subject to. Citizen life isn't military, and I for one don't want to be monitored 24/7, it cheapens human life and discourages open and clear communication, not to mention generating paranoia and most likely causing physical harm to those with schizophrenia. Privacy-unfriendly falls a little short of describing the negatives.
It's possible that someone you haven't met could know everything about you, and you'd never know that they do.
In a day and age when just about every app gets permission to your camera and GPS location, and most people just press "Install" as a habit, I'm truly glad we're having this conversation.