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There goes the last refuge

When I complained in a post last month about cameras being everywhere, a commenter said something about "expectation of privacy" (i.e., if we're in public anyway, what's the big deal about being videotaped?) Well, the "expectation of privacy" isn't what it used to be.

Bibb County District Attorney, Howard Simms . . . says cameras in public school bathrooms are legal because schools have more leeway on privacy issues.

The more we get used to cameras in every public (and even semi-public) place, the less expectation of privacy we have. So we tolerate greater and greater invasions of it. Why has there been no great public outcry over the government's desire to get into everybody's online traffic without a warrant? I mean, did you think you had one last refuge, one last place to go where you do your business in private? Guess again.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Fri, 12/02/2005 - 7:12am