Can you expect ‘absolute privacy’ in America?


This week’s WikiLeaks dump in connection to the CIA and how they can spy on you has many of you wondering about your privacy, and how private things really are.

That’s especially when FBI Director James Comey says there is no such thing as 'absolute' privacy in America.

“Even our memories are not absolutely private in America. Any of us can be compelled in appropriate circumstances to say what we remember; what we saw,” Comey said this week.

Jules Polonetsky at the Future of Privacy Forum told KTRH was concerned when he heard those comments.

“Of course we have an expectation with privacy. Anyone that has any human dignity expects to have an area where they can know that their thoughts are their own,” Polonetsky explained.

But KTRH legal analyst Chris Tritico says that that expectation only goes so far.

“When you violate the law and the government has sufficient probable cause to get a warrant that reasonable expectation of privacy is exceeded by the probable cause,” Tritico explained.

And that is the case when law enforcement has to balance out your privacy with keeping the country safe from things like a terrorist attack.


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