Along with the growth of the Internet has come an increase in ways to track individuals. Information on your Web activity is much more feasible to record and track than what boooks you read at the library. Recording cell-phone conversations is far easier than recording face-to-face conversations. The Federal government under the George W. Bush Administration assumed unprecedented power to spy on terrorists and vegetarians that simply would not have been possible (let alone legal) 30 years ago.

Indeed, the Internet and the capabilities of modern technology cause data privacy issues to figure prominently in the lives of many people in the United States at work, in their interaction with government and public authorities, in the health field, in e-commerce transactions, and online generally. That language is from House Resolution 31 (111th Congress), designating January 28, 2009 as “Data Privacy Day.”

It’s good to see the government not just acknowledging how the technological revolution has affected our lives, but doing its part to encourage us to protect ourselves.

(While running a Google search in relation to this post, I noticed a message letting me know the search is “[p]ersonalized based on [my W]eb history.” I logged off Gmail, but it didn’t change my reults.)

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