How do you see the future of online privacy shaping out?

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With the Edward Snowden/NSA controversy becoming one of the hottest topics this summer, this has led many countries (the U.S. in particular) to re-examine their surveillance laws. There are even reports that people are altering their online habits in light of the NSA revelations, while several tech companies are developing new tools to help consumers protect their online privacy. As this story continues to make headlines, how do you see the future of online privacy shaping out?

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Privacy is a recent invention. 100 years ago most of us lived in small towns or on farms, and our neighbors knew all our business. 

Later we hid among the teeming masses in cities, and then we got cars and air conditioners so that we didn’t know our neighbors’ business from stoop-sitting or suburban out-in-the-yard casual conversations about how the McKendalls’ daughter Jenny seems awfully sweet on that Handler boy, who seems nice but…. isn’t he a Jew?

And did you hear? Mr. Grobnik, the postman, told me young Jack Cooney recently subscribed to The Weekly Communist Agitator and Bomb-Makers Companion. Oh my! Somebody had better tell the police and FBI, if Mr. Grobnik hasn’t already.
What was it you were saying about privacy? :)

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  • ToddN2000
    I'd say using any kind of electronic media put you at some risk. There are always going to be people sticking there nose where it does not belong. It seems to be human nature to see what we can get away with be fore we get caught. No matter how secure someone says they are, it provokes other to try and exploit the flaws to prove no one is perfect.
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  • Robin "Roblimo" Miller
    I have always assumed that anything I shove onto or through the Internet should be considered public, including the most private of private emails or secure IMs. Remember how the best way to keep a secret is to only have it shared by two people, one of whom is dead? Yep. That's real life, folks. There ain't hardly no secrets, so don't pretend there are. Not even family secrets my wife shares with me after saying, "Nobody's supposed to know this, but..." 

    Uh huh. Somebody else always tells me about "it" sooner or later, no matter how secret that secret is supposed to be.  
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