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Loss of privacy is not anything new

Most parents with teenagers know their kids would want their own private rooms. Nothing about teenagers wanting privacy is shocking or surprising.

From the farmer in Iowa, the grocery store owner in Macon to the teacher in San Francisco, privacy is not a right anymore, but is becoming a dream. Every minute in this country, citizens willingly give permission for (ignorance is no excuse) their so-called privacy to be invaded. Think about this. We fill out a raffle card for that car at the mall without any hesitation. We sign up for a credit card, but rarely read the many pages on rules and limits for that card. We join Facebook, Skype and eHarmony websites without a moment of thought. And we purchase a car or enroll in college for furthering a goal for the price of privacy.

Just think of it on a much smaller scale, like wearing a name badge at a convention or letting the waitress know it’s your birthday so that the staff will bring a lit cupcake. We are knowingly giving away our privacy in exchange for whatever.

For those screamers and shockers over the loss of privacy since 911 (actually since the beginning of recorded time), remember this. Could this new form of capturing personal data have prevented the September attack? We may never know, but I believe it wouldn’t hurt. If you disagree, that’s OK, but surely the many persons perched on the edges of the windows in the towers deserve your rethink.

Americans can be strange people sometimes for this reason. Americans every day read and search out information about corporate executives, politicians, priests, teachers, athletes and entertainers. Now, all of a sudden we are shocked that our government is searching out information on the average citizen for national security. If it is just this administration you don’t trust, then ask yourself: Will this data-gathering program cease in four years? I guess as parents we are falling back into our teenage years.

TONY WRIGHT

Albany