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We really should be more discreet

Your article on privacy highlighted the fact that mass electronic surveillance of personal data, by people in a position to do so, is part of the age we live in.

As you said it is, therefore, ‘astonishing’ that people are surprised that ‘dozens of European leaders including Angela Merkel had their personal phones tapped’.

Given the technological capabilities available to people who have a mind to intrude into other peoples’ privacy, there is no privacy anymore.

Does that mean that, as you said in your article, ‘privacy and protecting it will be a great issue for the 21st century?’ I am not so sure.

We may just get used to the new situation.

We might even learn to be more discreet.

A Leavy
Dublin 13


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