INVASION OF PRIVACY

OUR RIGHT TO BE LEFT ALONE HAS DISAPPEARED, BIT BY BIT, IN LITTLE BROTHERLY STEPS. STILL, WE'VE GOT SOMETHING IN RETURN--AND IT'S NOT ALL BAD

For the longest time, I couldn't get worked up about privacy: my right to it; how it's dying; how we're headed for an even more wired, underregulated, overintrusive, privacy-deprived planet.

I mean, I probably have more reason to think about this stuff than the average John Q. All Too Public. A few years ago, for instance, after I applied for a credit card at a consumer-electronics store, somebody got hold of my name and vital numbers and used them to get a duplicate card. That somebody ran up a $3,000 bill, but the nice lady from the fraud division of the...