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April 22, 2018

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Email Privacy: Is Big Brother Watching?
Last Featured: 3/5/2001

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In this edition of Justice Talking, we’ll talk about your right to privacy on line. The internet was once hailed as a haven of anonymity, a place where you could be whoever you wanted to be but this new technology has opened the door to big brother and it’s affecting computer use at home, work, school and law enforcement. Surveillance software has allowed internet service providers to match bulletin board postings with names and faces, building complete profiles of once anonymous web surfers. And many employers are starting to take a very close look at how employees use the internet.

Robert Ellis Smith is the founder and publisher of the Privacy Journal,a monthly newsletter on new technology and its impact on personalprivacy. Smith began his career as a newspaper reporter then became anassistant director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights. He isfrequently an expert witness in litigation involving privacy, creditreporting and improper surveillance. A graduate of Harvard College andGeorgetown University Law School, Smith’s latest book is BenjaminFranklin’s Web Site, Privacy and Curiosity from Plymouth Rock to the Internet.

Mark Parchetta is an attorney on the government regulation staff of theMountain State’s Employers Council where he trains, advises andrepresents companies on numerous issues. He has recently developed anew program for council members called ‘E-Problems At Work, RealProblems from the Virtual World’ which addresses internet, e-mail andprivacy issues in the workplace. Prior to joining the council,Parchetta was a hearing officer with the Colorado Department of Labor.He received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Denver.

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"Technology is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand and stabs you in the back with the other."

— C.P. Snow

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