Eavesdropping in the Digital Millennium
Popular Science recently posted an interesting look at a day in the life of a "modern" individual who, among other things, uses an ATM, buys groceries, goes to a bar, sends e-mail to friends, and visits a doctor. Though tieing it all together could be passed off as "conspiracy theory" rhetoric, it is nevertheless, entirely true. That is to say, every aspect of technology discussed in this article, and the lack of laws protecting our privacy, is accurate in the here and now. This is not scifi along the lines of Minority Report. It is not a dark vision of the future. It is the current state of affairs, and it is well worth reading.