Wednesday, June 21, 2006


    Hillary Clinton called for a Privacy Bill of Rights today. Not to be confused with the Right to Privacy that's already in the actual Bill of Rights, the Privacy Bill of Rights will protect our privacy in ways that the Privacy Act of 1974, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, and the hundreds of state privacy laws already in effect never could. Most importantly, it will make identity theft a crime.
    For years, I’ve been under the impression that it already was a crime, but apparently I was wrong. I guess that it was just some sort of social taboo, frowned upon but entirely legal. Under President Hillary, identity theft will finally become a serious violation of an actual law, officially defined, on the books, and as rigorously enforced as our immigration laws.

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