Thanks to the internet, privacy as we once knew it, is virtually unrecognisable. Yes, we choose whether or not to make certain information available to the public, as evidenced in our websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Sometimes such transparency produces undesirable results, i.e. unwelcome contacts from disgruntled strangers or political extremists.
At what point does public knowledge go too far? There's the obvious example of the National Security Agency illegally eavesdropping on our telephone conversations and email, thanks to the Bush administration. Their so-called "war on terror" apparently took precedence over civil liberties and human rights. And government and FISA actions are the subject of ongoing civil lawsuits.
Then there's locational privacy, which the Electronic Frontier Foundation defines as "the ability of an individual to move in public space with the expectation that under normal circumstances their location will not be systematically and secretly recorded for later use."
It's Catch 22 when every time we use a monthly transit pass, a bank card, a credit card, a mobile phone or even Wi Fi, our location is recorded and retained - not always by those with the best intentions.
Of course there's also data retention privacy and the trail we leave behind as we traverse the digital highway. Read the EFF's report on locational privacy and innovations that may affect us.
Burning Man stakes a claim
If you're planning to attend the Burning Man festival Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 in Black Rock City, Nevada, photographers beware: Burning Man organisers claim rights to your photos and creative works. Read their excessive Terms and Conditions for details.
And check out Snatching Rights on the Playa for information about Burning Man's policies and your legal rights.