What's up with this? Isn't this a total invasion of privacy? Yes they still need a warrant but the warrant no longer specifies what specific method of communication they are able to intercept.
This is like a blank cheque - except its a blank warrant. Once they have this warrant they can use it to get and intercept any form of information about us that they want.
Maybe it will help the police to catch criminals in their acts, but how long will it be before they start to abuse their power to use these warrants? How before the police don't even need a warrant and can just intercept our communications anyway?
It seems more and more that our rights to privacy are being taken away from us for the "greater good" of catching criminals. And we do need our privacy online, especially for communications with banks via SMS, voice calls, email, and banking websites and yet police now are able to get access to this info through all these methods with one single warrant.
Encryption seems a viable solution to protecting one's security and already exists with methods such as SSL/TLS, PGP/GPG encryption, etc. However I don't think that methods such as PGP encryption, i.e. for emails, will ever be used by anyone outside the geek community. The average user would not know they exist or know how to use them, making these methods of encryption rather pointless.