We're not at a state of perfect information, but...
The combination of the volumes of information that people are putting on the Internet -- particularly about themselves -- along with the rapidly-improving state technology for finding that information is creating some peculiar new conditions for privacy. For instance, Spock claims that it's going to blaze a new path into "people search." But at what stage is information that may be obtained through public and legal means the same as information that should always be available in an instant? The conventional hurdles involved -- like going to a county courthouse to look up property records, for instance -- are being leapfrogged by instant access to online databases. That can be very helpful to both useful activities and sinister ones alike.
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