There have been a couple of other recent national news stories on electronic privacy that may interest Grits readers concerned about electronic privacy in the digital age:
- Center for Investigative Reporting: Easily obtained subpoenas turn your personal information against you
- NPR: Your Digital Trail: Data fuels political and legal agendas
The latter article contains an interesting thought experiment from John Dean, who was Richard Nixon's White House counsel during the Watergate scandal:
Here's a question for the digital age: If you are one of those people who say, "I've done nothing wrong; I've got nothing to hide," do you have any reason to worry that someone might try to use your digital records against you?
We posed that question to John Dean, a man who has become immortalized in U.S. history books as President Richard Nixon's White House lawyer. His answer: "Think about the Nixon Enemies List."
"If Richard Nixon were alive today and in office," Dean says, "I'd have great concern about the data that's being collected."
Dean says the history of Nixon's Enemies List, which surfaced during the Watergate scandal, shows that even when people have done nothing wrong and think they have nothing to hide, unscrupulous government officials can still dig up personal information and use it to try to smear people.