In today’s high-tech environment, there is virtually no escape from prying ears or ears — even if theses eyes and ears are not human.

As reported by David Streitfeld and Kevin O’Brien in the New York Times: “Companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple supply new ways of communication, learning, and entertainment through high-tech wizardry for the masses. They have custody of the raw material of hundreds of millions of lives — the intimate E-mails, the revealing photographs, searches for help or love or escape. People willingly, at times eagerly, surrender this information. But there is a price: the loss of control, or even knowledge, of where that personal information is going and how it is being reshaped into an online identity that may resemble the real you or may not. Privacy laws and wiretapping statutes are of little guidance, because they have not kept pace with the lightning speed of technological progress.”

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