Whatever you think of this scandal and its principals, please don’t let that distract you from the importance of passing the Electronic Privacy Act. That she “put her own correspondence” on display doesn’t change the fact that you, me and every other citizen currently … [lack] adequate legal protection against the government spying on our electronic communications.
Compared to the contentions that the government is, in effect, reading our mail, the shenanigans of some hooligans of the press on the front lawn of a status-seeking socialite seems like a mere annoyance.
This teaches us several things: 1. Solve your own problems; don’t go to the authorities unless you have no other option. 2. Never write (or type) anything that you couldn’t show to your grandchildren, your priest/pastor/rabbi/imam, your wife, or a federal agent. 3. It never fails that an anecdote will distract from larger principles. The ECPA is absolutely vital and will protect everyone, but there are people who are against it because it’s been [supported] by “rich socialites.”
What exactly did this family actually do to deserve to have their privacy invaded? What makes people think that the people in the press have the facts correct? Innuendo and rumor has ruined far more people than truth and reality have.
If you don’t want something public, don’t use a computer for personal conversations. If you value your privacy, don’t invite a myriad of well known persons to large public affairs, such as fundraisers, or parties. Assume that if you fail to abide by these two axioms, sooner or later, your activities will become public.