What privacy? First of all private companies can do things that the government requires a search warrant for. How many people are aware that companies like Warner Brothers have bots that try to break into your computer and search your file system for so called pirated movies and music? I'm an IT expert and in the process of trying to trace the origin of a a very nasty virus found that out by accident. The government makes recommendations on privacy but refuses to legislate it. Yet We The People are the government. Politicians are indeed beholden to the special interests for election funding.