What happens when there is no privacy anymore…

by kriggins on October 1, 2008

in Privacy

I am a huge fan of Masterpiece Theater's productions.  Almost without exception, they are well written, directed and acted. The shows they produce are separated into three themes:

  1. Classic - Shows based on classic literature and/or set in historic contexts.
  2. Mystery! - Mystery based shows. These may be set in historic contexts or reflect current times.
  3. Contemporary - This is a new theme this year. These are dramas set in more contemporary times, although not necessarily current times.

Now I am sure you are asking yourself "what has this got to do with information security?" Well, the first program in the Masterpiece Contemporary schedule is called "The Last Enemy." It starts airing October 5th, here in the United States on your local PBS station. It's a fictional story set in London about a man who finds out just how much the government knows about him, and everyone else, as he delves into the life of his brother who recently passed away.

I am looking forward to this show in hopes that it will help people realize that we need to be very careful when we start hearing that we need to surrender more and more of our civil rights in order to ensure the "safety" of everyone. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying there is a huge conspiracy to track each and every move we make.  However, we could end up there very easily if we are not careful and as the saying goes.

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton


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