See Inside January 2009

Readers Respond on "The End of Privacy?"

Letters to the editor on stories from our privacy issue

Neighborhood Watched?

Each time I read about our “loss of privacy,” such as in Daniel J. Solove’s examination of effects of social-networking sites [“The End of Privacy?”], it makes me laugh. People seem often to confuse privacy with anonymity, which we invented only a few generations ago. Earlier, most Americans lived in small towns or villages, which provide limited privacy and no anonymity.

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