Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I have no expectation of privacy

I have no expectation of privacy

January 5, 2015


My good friend Richard Weldon reports that he actually read the Facebook privacy “policies established…. for the use of” Facebook…

I am one of Richard’s biggest fans, but in light of the fact that he actually read the Facebook policy; his stature in my life rose to the level of my appreciation of Thich Nhat Hanh

Richard essentially reports that, alas, we really have no privacy – which is no surprise to me. I. am. Shocked. Shocked. I say.

I have not read the new privacy policy. I have read – and written a number of privacy policies in the past. They essentially say, in a very complicated and Orwellian manner; that we no longer have any expectation of privacy.

I wrote back to Richard…

Richard - long before Facebook, folks like you and I and other elected or appointed officials lost any expectation of privacy many years ago... I could tell you stories that would raise the hair on the back of your neck.

I simply assume that all my mail and e-mails were/are read and my phone calls hacked by the 'News of the World.'

While in office, most of my confidential memos got leaked - I finally started to have fun with that and would put out confidential memos about things like the city buying attack helicopters, starting a coal gasification plant, dating Madonna, proclamations for "Mow Your Lawn Day,' and Jimi Hendrix' birthday, a top-secret report called 'The Winchester Report,' and trademarking our city seal - all of which were picked-up and reported upon by the newspapers...

I even had a FOIA filed for the 'The Winchester Report' - that never-ever existed, except in a bogus-confidential memo... LOL. And on that note, at least I try to avoid FB messaging...
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