As you see in this video, at the Boston College conference on cybersecurity, FBI director James Comey said he didn't want to freak us out. But he did exactly that.
He hammered that there is no such entity as "absolute privacy."
Even the contents of our memories of conversations with spouses, clergy and attorneys are not off-bounds. In certain circumstances we could be mandated to disclose all that in court. As Comey put it "there is no place outside judicial reach."
In addition, of course, Comey brought up how in this era of WikiLeaks and other kinds of digital hacking, just about any communication can be retrieved. Then it could be made public.
Although Comey freaked out many, there will also be many who don't believe him. They will have to learn the hard way.
Several years ago, when I was covering the lead paint state lawsuits I'd frequently email a Jones Day attorney for updates. Today I'd probably be texting him.
In the communications I sometimes joked around. Mistake.
When I got caught in crossfire between the defendant and plaintiff, I was deposed.
Spread out on the table were myriad emails. Over and over again the attorney representing the plaintiff grilled me about the "meaning" of what I had considered humor. The ordeal went on for hours.
After that, I simply assumed every kind of communication, including intimate ones, could go public.
Prediction: Come 2018, Edelman's annual trust barometer will probably plunge to unprecedented lows.
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