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March 01, 2004

Declan on Privacy

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Posted by Arnold

Declan McCullagh draws a distinction between private snooping and government snooping.


If you don't like Safeway's discount card, shop at Whole Foods, which doesn't offer one. If Amazon.com's recommendations about books based on your previous orders are annoying, try barnesandnoble.com or walk down to your local bookstore instead. You have a choice.

That choice vanishes when the government demands data.

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1. Cypherpunk on March 2, 2004 01:50 PM writes...

You can always move to a new city or state, if that's where the snooping occurs; or a new country, at worst. Well, at least until we get world government, then you'll have to move to a new planet.

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2. Kenny on June 30, 2004 01:36 PM writes...

Best regards!

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