bush administration... that's funny because it's Obama that is pushing it now. Shouldn't you be calling it Obama Administration-style? Things are just getting worse no matter what the voting public does.
But this is not the government agency, it's just one business sharing information with another. Different rules. They cannot use the threat of force to compel corporations to cooperate like the government can, but they can probably get stuff that would be troublesome for the government to do easily legally.
Think about the difference between a P.I. vs a Cop.
I guess it's time we take a closer look at those EULAs for our ISPs.
on a side note:
If anybody tells you that if you just cooperate with the government and not to worry because they won't throw you in jail... they are lying to you. Often you have no choice but to cooperate since like all the other amendments in the bill of rights the government has been working very hard to eliminate the positive effects of the 5th amendment, but regardless: Get a lawyer first.
For people that are curious more about this phenomena the The Washington Post has done a very good investigative journalism to document the extent at which the government has gone to monitor and survey it's own citizens. The vast majority of the money is getting funneled into private contractors... If you want to get rich quick: Join the FBI for a couple years, drop out, and then create your own private investigative firm and get a contract with the government. Very lucrative.