MANNERS & MORALS: Who's Listening?


Californians had a good case of Orwellian creeps. While no Big Brother was watching them, they had flatly been warned that almost everyone else was—or could be—listening. The state senate Judiciary Committee, hoping to draft 20th century laws to cope with ingenious invasions of privacy, set many a Californian on his ear with a report on a lengthy study of electronic eavesdropping and wiretapping, found that for all the benefits of electronic enterprise there have also been some disturbing developments. Among them:

¶ Small, high-quality microphones that will pick up...

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