The Illusion of Privacy

I grew up reading Robert Heinlein and was shaped by his fierce belief that people are safer when their governments are not watching over them individually. I know this is his belief and not mine but every time I see a headline, like this one, I shudder a little bit inside. However, there is a part of me that is amused at the inventiveness of the idea: Talking camera aimed at sex on the beach. These are solar powered cameras with motion sensors. People will be warned, by an audio announcement, that they need to leave the area. If they do not, their activities will be filmed. I’m glad that I came of age with the illusion of privacy.