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Spokane Mayor Complains of Lack of Privacy Online

After what Spokane, Wash., Mayor James West called his "brutal outing" by a newspaper that published transcripts of his conversations from a gay chat room, he complained in an e-mail to the city's commission on race relations. West asked: "Should we all fear that our private conversations will be splashed publicly and out of context for all in our sphere to see?" The answer, Internet privacy advocates say, is "yes."

Spokane Mayor Debates Privacy Online, Associated Press, June 20, 2005.