Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A Year To Define Privacy

It is now 2008 on the calendar. The schedule says this is a big decision year. I am not really intrigued with the guessing game of prediction, however, it does appear that privacy is in need of defense. Perhaps there is some irony in the fact that our inquisitive nature is developing efficient ways of observing every aspect of the universe, including ourselves.

Your privacy at risk? One of the complaints of many civil libertarians, to include many of us on QandO, is that today's technology and the concerns about terrorism have combined to present an opportunity, through government, to seriously compromise your privacy. For instance, Arizona, Michigan, Vermont, and Washington have added RFID chips to their driver's licenses. If you have a US Passport, you probably already know they're tagged with these chips.

So what does that mean? Well, for the holders of those licenses, it means that someone within a 30 foot range with the proper monitoring equipment is privy to the information contained therein. … Then, of course there's the opportunity for the government, should it decide to do so, to monitor you at places other than airports and borders. And no, I don't like that idea.

Freedom of movement under the constant surveillance of government is not my idea of liberty. In other words, liberty without privacy is not my concept of ideal freedom.