PRIVACY: Striking Back At the Super Snoops

To show how precious little privacy Americans have, Hanna Weston, an economics instructor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, set out to learn everything she could about the personal affairs of her friend, State Senator Minnette Doderer. The Johnson County auditor's files disclosed that her house was valued at $47,110 and that her property taxes were $1,252.94 a year. An official at an Iowa City bank had no qualms about telling Weston that a $500 check on Doderer's account would clear, meaning that she had a balance of at least...

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