Does digital age spell privacy's doom?

"'The right to be let alone," Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once said, is "the right most valued by civilized men." That right seems under renewed attack today in a world where personal records are stored digitally and can be obtained by those clever enough to hack in or by simply grabbing a laptop computer. Nearly every day, a new headline tells of Americans' private information being stolen by criminals or combed through by government agencies seeking terrorists.

What's the outlook for privacy? It's probably going to get worse before it gets better, some experts say. But new protections, mostly enacted at the state level, are helping. Congress may finally get into the act as early as this week, though consumer advocates say new federal laws may actually weaken privacy protections, depending on how they are worded. Does digital age spell privacy's doom? |

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 28th June 2006 3:45AM