As Our Privacy Fades, We May Need to Redefine Family Values

Laura Berman writes...
"Add it all up, the credit card records, the retail databases, the explicit data maintained by financial institutions, and you realize that privacy has become largely a state of mind: It hangs by a few keystrokes.

The discomfort is nagging, more hang nail than trauma, but the American Civil Liberties Union makes a powerful case for caring in a report issued this week that neatly ties a few obvious trends together: Technological sophistication, “anemic� privacy laws, and heightened profit motive combine to give the government unprecedented snooping powers.

These issues are particularly worrisome in Michigan, though, where international events and a large Arab population have helped make this state a veritable laboratory for experimenting with privacy rights." Read the rest.

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