Letters: Which Way Privacy?

Re “You’re Leaving a Digital Trail. Should You Care?” (Nov. 30):

The article concluded with the director of the M.I.T.Center for Collective Intelligence as saying: “For most of human history, people have lived in small tribes where everything they did was known by everyone they knew.”

But when humans were all villagers, no one could learn or recall details like exact locations, every contact with tribe members, what each villager was doing, every villager’s wealth, or what every villager was thinking about or interested in 24/7.

Technology allows the collection and analysis of terabytes of information. Human memory can’t. That changes everything for America. Will we choose laws and policies that strengthen and safeguard our precious rights to freedom and liberty, and the right to be let alone in the digital age?

Deborah C. Peel, M.D.

Austin, Tex., Dec. 1

The writer is founder and chairwoman of Patient Privacy Rights, a consumer advocacy organization.

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