I think that the idea that we have any sort of privacy these days is naiive. Type your phone number (or street address) into Google... unless you've specifically asked it to be blocked, anyone can do reverse lookups of anyone else. Based pretty much just on that information, I could then go to any number of other websites and type that information in and learn about your credit history, criminal records, professional history, civil court records, etc.
I think that was my point .... we have more information available on each and every one of us than is comfortable, especially in this new age of identity theft.
We don't have privacy any more... period. What I think we need to do is to make sure that the Government doesn't have privacy either.
No, I disagree. I agree that the government information is as public as possible but that does not eliminate the problem with our personal information being "mined" for whatever reasons.
We need Total Information Awareness about all activities within the government that are not directly related to military/intelligence secrets. There is no reason why every meeting between a lobbyist and a congressperson shouldn't be public record. We should have easy access to information that might help to create more informed citizens.
I have no problem with that aspect, but I do have a problem with the trend toward Total Information Awareness on each individual. If you saw the movie "Minority Report" one of the scary aspects was the ads which were changed to match the person viewing via retina scan. That is too close to reality now in the targeted commercials based on radio listening.
The internet is a wonderful thing but like the broadcast industry problem with moral issues there is approaching a point that people will require oversight and control of this information, IMHO.