Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Right to Remain Private

Here's an article from the Sunday New York Times Week in Review section about erosion of privacy and stolen information. This article follows two things that recently happened: someone hacking into Paris Hilton's Sidekick and criminals purchasing personal financial data from ChoicePoint.

If you really want to be freaked out, read Adam Peneberg's "The End of Privacy" (written for Forbes back in 1999! but still relevant today) located on his Web site here.


Blogger athena said...

Hmm...end of privacy, huh? This reminds me of a case we just read for 1st Amendment law class, which said that a person has the constitutional right to have whatever reading materials they want in the privacy of their own home. (Though I guess what you're talking about here is private individuals violating other people's privacy, not government intrusion..)

Interestingly enough, the above case was about the constitutional right to possess porn. A similar case noted that a married couple had the constitutional privacy right to possess birth control in their home...and a later case ruled that in turn, makers of birth control had the right to distribute them. No such distribution right was given to makers of porn, however... hehe...

By the way, I took the liberty to pimp your website to some of my friends of high school, so you might get some traffic there. ^_~

5:43 PM  
Blogger mlliu said...

I'm making sure to respond to all posts. :) Interesting cases that you mentioned.

And thanks for passing along my Web site. The more who know about it the merrier!

2:37 PM  

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