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The right to privacy is no more.

Today I left the house to go to the store to pick up some groceries for my family. Now, this is usually an everyday thing, but today I was in a pondering mood, oddly enough. I went up to the checkout with my things, and the thing that caught my eye the closest was an article about Courtney Cox's separation from her husband.

That wasn't the only thing I saw though. John Travolta cheating. Angelina Jolie apparently letting her kids curse in French and watch R-Rated films. Prince Charles' wife picking on her stepson's bride.

Who the fuck cares?

It's disgusting really. All of these writers who seem to think that snooping on other people's dysfunctional lives is a good thing. The more disgusting thing is that there was someone who actually bought the magazine featuring Angelina Jolie.

Why do you care what these people do, ladies and gentlemen? They're exactly the same as the neighbour on your street that is having an affair with another man, and the father who's gotten CFS called on them because their kid happened to have turned up (like an idiot) at school with cat piss on their jacket.

What they do is none of our business. Let them handle their own marital/family problems.

But no. Privacy is overrated. I came home from the store, went upstairs, and booted up cbc.ca. There on the front page right now is an article that is absolutely horrendous to think about, and I don't wish to comment on it, as it involves the story of one of our Canadian soldiers sexually assaulting and killing his female underlings... disgusting, but not what I want to talk about.

What I do want to talk about though was also on the front page and a link in the Technology and Science section.

Google breached Canada's privacy laws


Now, I admit, Google Maps is a handy tool. In fact, my family is currently preparing to move, so instead of driving to see the neighbourhood of which they're looking at, my parents use Google Maps to see the neighbourhood. Which is pretty clever. I like that feature.

But pray tell, can anyone tell this ignorant little girl why this quote was even something to be brought up?

"Google admitted it had gathered the information in a number of countries in a blog posting in April and said it had done so unintentionally. The company's cars inadvertently scanned and gathered information from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that they drove by, Google said.

What was it doing trying to access those networks in the first place? What was going through their heads? Google says that they did it by accident and that they reported themselves, but what was Google's cars doing even accessing that in the first place?

I just don't get it... why is nothing private anymore?