Beware of Big Brother

In keeping with my interest in privacy issues and the abuses of technology, this post over at the SquawkBlog resonated.

Where do we start drawing the line? Can we? Should we? There are intrusions on our privacy that I resent highly: the abuse of my SSN as an identifier (does Lenscrafters really need it?), for example. The idea of a national ID card doesn't create the same emotion (it could supplant my SSN and drivers license!). Using those cards to enable or restrict my movement (a la Soviet Union) does cause resentment and concern. So to me, the question is, does this new abuse of technology represent the first step on that slippery slope or not?

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