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, â€œanemicâ€? 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.