the loss of privacy

Anton Sherwood (
Mon, 23 Feb 1998 21:46:55 -0800 (PST)

Michael Lorrey writes
: ... I'll bet that if I wanted to, I could in one hour or less, find out
: a significant amount of information about any American on this list, that
: you would normally consider to be highly private information. Probably at
: least some information you would normally think it would be illegal for me
: to gain access to. This is the sort of big brother society that has been
: warned of, but everybody is so absorbed in their own consumer satisfaction
: that they have no idea of how much of their privacy they have given up.

Portable telephones have become so cheap that I recently decided to get one
and see whether it makes a difference in my life. So I dropped in at the
Sprint* sales office across the street from where I earn my daily bread --
and was asked for my pSeudo Security Number, for a credit check. "I'm not
going to further compromise my privacy for a luxury," I said, and left.

But maybe that was a pointless gesture...

(*Sprint is one of the four biggest telephone companies here)

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