The low-level people are the edifice of tyranny. The super genius evil mastermind has nothing without henchmen. Politicians and tyrants have nothing without jack-booted thugs. And our little self-righteous think-of-the-children tyrant wannabes in the west are nothing without the army of "low-level people" keeping the surveillance state running.
The low-level people just shrugged and violated the law and everyone else's privacy this whole time. Now all-a-sudden they feel exposed and endangered when the same is done to them?!
The Golden Rule applies just as much to low-level people and tyrants as it does to children in a school yard and adults on the street.