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  1. John Armstrong says:

    Not to sound like a knee-jerk liberal, but isn’t the lack of symmetrical privacy a large part of the PATRIOT act complaints? In particular, it’s assymetrically private for the government to ask, say, a library for my information and not allow me to know they’re asking.

    To disclaim: I’m not making a statement one way or the other on the merits of those arguments, just drawing an analogy.

  2. Paul Gowder says:

    John: Why, oh why, oh why isn’t Foucault’s work being scrolled across Times Square by now? This is all so panoptic!

  3. Eric Goldman says:

    FWIW, at Epinions, we banned users from posting SiteMeter (and other similar tools to learn visitor IP addresses) to their profile pages for this very reason. Eric.

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