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Price of Convenience May be Privacy Rights

Anyone making long drives this summer will notice a new dimension to contemporary inequality: a widening gap between the users of automatic toll-paying devices and those who pay cash. E-ZPass is one of many innovations that give you the option of trading a bit of privacy for a load of convenience. Some people see a bait-and-switch here. Over time, the data you are required to hand over become more and more personal, and such handovers cease to be optional. Neato data gathering is making society less free and less human.

A Pass on Privacy?, New York Times, July 17, 2005.