This is a pretty exiting age. There are a number of reasons for that. The people’s views have changed quite dramatically . What was a big “no-no” only decades ago is today’s “sure why not”. We see a lot of different examples of that. And Most of the example are good. Medicinal drugs (weed) are now legal in certain states and so is the homosexual union. Some rules are not permitted on the federal level, but state citizens still choose to pursue these practices.

The IT sector had a major influence on many of these cultural shifts. Electronic storage and data extraction from huge depositories of information facilitated many tedious tasks. Formerly we were forced to sift through tons of paper to find a record. Today you can extract an entry in seconds (sometimes even less). It is also more secure in a physical sense. A natural disaster no longer threatens the integrity of the documents. Files are backed up on servers which are in different places.

But this is where things get complicated. Hackers might attempt to break into these archives from the comfort of their own home. Unfortunately this convenience puts us at risk. Even the latest firewalls and ant viruses cannot guarantee that information will not leak.

It doesn’t mean that bad guys should dictate how we access and store the information. Database access is still very convenient even for regular people like you and me. Let’s take telephone number lookup as an example.

It allows a person to run a simple reverse telephone number lookup and find out who the owner of a telephone number is. It has a lot of useful applications in our everyday lives. If one received a phone call from a toll free number he or she can use a reverse lookup to discover the company’s name. Or a person can run a reverse cell phone lookup to find out who is harassing him over the phone.

As good as it sounds, this instrument can do a lot of harm if it falls in the hands of the wrong people.

A sexual predator also knows how to use reverse lookups. An unsuspecting individual might share the phone number with a stranger who will use it for all the wrong reasons.

This might force us to sacrifice our conveniences for the sake of safety. There are no easy answers when it comes to privacy.

Every single individual should be able to express his opinion. We as people should be the ones dictating what can and cannot be disclosed. Our expressions of freedom are like small grains which are easy to lose but hard to get back. Imagine waking up one day to a world where privacy is a secondary notion. At that point it will be too late to do anything. Even the smallest representative (on the municipal level) should be listened to at the highest of levels in order to prevent this from happening.

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