Well, it turns out, reports THE NEW YORK POST, there is no city law prohibiting the cab driver from recording what is said. And a driver did just that when chatty Paris Hilton went on about how disgusting some gay behavior was. The tape was sent to RadarOnline.com.
Clearly any assumption about privacy is an illusion. Thanks to technology, as presidential candidate Mitt Romney found out after a fundraising speech was recorded and leaked to the media, nothing can be considered a "private moment." The privacy invaders even caught up with Prince William and his wife enjoying the physical perks of marriage.
Can the legal system rein in the possibilities of technology? Not really. Those determined to harm a politico or other kind of leader, for example, can master the stealth kinds of communications to transmit whatever to the media, without being outed. Sure gatekeepers can ban smartphones. But tiny devices have been invented which would probably get by those concerned about confidentiality. There could be laws against that but good luck identifying the miscreant.