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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • "Big Brother" has become a little creepy

  • Turn into the news anytime these days and you're almost certain to see and hear stories related to invasion of privacy or “Big Brother” eaves dropping on your telephone conversations. The truth of the matter is that illegal surveillance of this nature has been going on almost since the invention of the telephone.
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  • Turn into the news anytime these days and you're almost certain to see and hear stories related to invasion of privacy or “Big Brother” eaves dropping on your telephone conversations. The truth of the matter is that illegal surveillance of this nature has been going on almost since the invention of the telephone. With the aid of modern technology it has become even easier and now paranoia is running rampant in this country. However, with that same technology it also become much easier to detect that someone is listening or even watching. There is something truly creepy about the thought that there might be a third party listening in on your phone conversations or that someone might be watching your every move through the eye of a camera mounted on your own home computer. I have had only one experience in my life that I truly suspected that my privacy might actually been invaded. Joyce was recuperating from surgery in a Little Rock hospital and Cameron and I spent the night in a nearby hotel. It wasn't long after I had turned off the TV and the lights for the night that I began to hear a whirring noise and occasionally a small red light would appear in the dark. Convinced that it was part of security system, I still felt very uncomfortable about the thought of being watched through the night. People should feel they are in the privacy of their home when they check into a hotel experience. There are times when people share secrets with you that they wouldn't tell anyone else. There's no room for a third party there. For the most part, most intruders would find my life relatively dull. I carry on few conversations that I wouldn't care to share with the world but also there are times when you want to come home to the wife and spout off about the troubles of the day, including those people who caused them. There are things you tell your spouse that you wouldn't dare speak to someone else. While I feel the right to privacy is almost sacred, I also believe that the law has a right to protect me from any possible harm by a criminal. Armed with “probable cause,” police agencies should be allowed to pursue any legal means to apprehend a criminal or prevent a terrorist attack. But where do you draw the line? As individuals there is very little that can be done to avoid such intrusions. You can buy safeguards for your computers. Put a cover over the eye of your computer's cameras. But like the burglar, those that want to come in bad enough are going to find a way to come in. As long as there are computers and iPhones and all these modern marvels, there are those who are going to eaves drop and commit identity theft. Let's face it identity theft is much safer than breaking into someone's home or place of business and you don't need a gun. In probability things will never change. There's not much anyone really can do to police all illegal surveillance. As with all walks of life – proceed with caution.

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