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Part: V PRIVACY AND THE FUTURE > WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Chapter 17. WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Clearly, none of us has a crystal ball. We didn't expect to find ourselves in the world we live in after September 11, 2001. That world gives us more decisions and more responsibility than before, especially in the area of privacy.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, everyone is looking for ways to make life safer, and with more assurance. Legislators, being accustomed to making laws and regulations, are looking for rules that will prevent dangerous situations, such as hijackings, from occurring. Civil libertarians, who are no less moved by the deaths and carnage than legislators and rule-makers, worry that the rules and restrictions will be more dangerous in the long run than the physical danger we want to eliminate today. Privacy is one of the rights that can go by the wayside in this kind of climate, and we as individuals need to stay aware of the debates and of the consequences of the choices we make.


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