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Re-thinking privacy

Register • Jun 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Like it or not, we live in an era of transparency forced upon us by the computerization of our lives. 

We are tracked by retailers at storefronts and through our Internet purchases; Google tracks us as does Facebook, web browsers, smart phones and a host of other electronic avenues to make information about our daily lives easily accessible to marketing companies, scam artists, government agents and just about anyone else.

Privacy is governed by state and federal laws — many of which were enacted decades before the first smart phone was even imagined. It was a simpler world then and old regulations aren't equal to the task of an iPad, a smart phone or a texting log. This era of transparency is stubborn as technology continues expanding opportunities. Revising law or updating it would be difficult at best, or nearly impossible, in this ever-changing environment. 

It's a fact of life: Privacy is becoming more an ideal, and less a reality. 

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