The Paradox of Privacy

Maintaining privacy is on many people’s minds these days, but sometimes that’s the last thing they do.Allegations last week that two British tabloids, The Sun and The News of the World, had employed high-technology snoops to listen in on the mobile phone messages of public figures highlighted fears of what can happen when digital data fall into dubious hands.The reports came only days after another privacy debacle, this one self-inflicted. Photos and family information about Sir John Sawers, soon to be Britain’s chief spy, appeared in another newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, after his wife posted them on Facebook.

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