First off, a conservative government is not the threat to privacy you think it is. Here and now (the US, September, 2000 C.E.), it seems that the so-called liberals are more of a threat to privacy. Look at Janet Reno, appointed by Bill Clinton, and probably the biggest threat to net.privacy in the world. I've ranted on this once alread, read "Does anyone care about freedom anymore" if you want to hear all of it.

Secondly, the only way this loss of individual privacy can be anything less than a disaster is if governments and corporations are subject to the same scrutiny as individuals.