Some people think it still exists. They faithfully draw their curtains closed each night before they go to sleep. In truth, privacy died long ago.
Switch on a computer, you are monitored. Send an email, it gets intercepted. Visit a website, the address is recorded. Make a phone call, the audio is recorded. Send a text all the details are captured as well.
Even just talking in your own front room can be recorded with hi-tech microphones aimed at the glass in your windows.
Head out in your car, a camera will photograph your number plate and put a date and time on your record at that location. Head out on foot in a major city and you will probably be picked up by facial recognition software.
And for the most part, we have to pay more tax to finance the entire infrastructure to capture and store all this data.
Is this state-run dragnet of any use? Is it effective?
Those in positions to know, but outside the hierarchy say not.
So why do we keep on paying for it?
The old ways are best.
I have long since maintained the old ways are best. The simple act of writing a letter can be more secure than online communication. That sounds ridiculous but apparently, it is true. If you write that letter encoding your language, it becomes even more so.
It’s a crazy old world, but privacy, like the dodo, is extinct.