Journalists are getting more attuned to the privacy issue, but our coverage is begging a difficult question. Some of the tools of our trade are being used to invade privacy.
More in my Sunday column.
Amazon’s new privacy statement is a sick joke. It purports to clarify and update the old one, but its real effect is to announce Amazon’s right to do pretty much anything it pleases at any time.
If ever there was a poster child for the need for federal laws on privacy, this is it. The biggest online marketer has thrown down a gauntlet.
Will Congress respond? Or will we learn, once and for all, that our lawmakers are much more interested in the rights of businesses to do what they please with our most personal information than our rights to keep some things private?
I wish I had more confidence in Congress.
This is an important column. But it will be ignored by the rich and powerful who have turned Wall Street into a rigged casino.
We are living in a time of utter cynicism, brought about in part by the sleazy doings in the business and financial markets. These people have a lot to answer for. They’ll have made their money when the bricks come tumbling down, though, and few will be brought to account.
Welcome to the world, circa 2000.
We’ll miss Bob’s commentaries.