Is Privacy Going Extinct?

Technology hasn't just made the world a smaller place, it's completely changed our way of life. While it's blessed us with instant access to information and the ability to listen to music on the fly, things we once took for granted are evaporating before our very eyes.

Like privacy. And even face-to-face communication.

Larry Flynt, founder and publisher of Hustler magazine, published a brief, strongly-worded opinion piece in The Huffington Post titled "Privacy Revisited," which attacks the often viscious rate of information exchange both online and in-store.

He writes, "For the average American citizen, the notion of privacy is extinct. Any information you put out into cyberspace could come back to bite you in the ass. Retail stores sell your purchase history to third parties without your consent. Social media sites and search engines act as data mines, storing information that could later be accessed by the government and used against you in court."

He then goes on to blame Google, Walmart and Facebook for the issue, drops an s-word in for good measure, and ends on a Big Brother reference.

If you ask us, it sounds like Flynt is getting fed up with his junk mail folder. Sure, privacy is harder to come by, but it's hardly "1984" status, and he didn't really give any concrete examples.

But at the same time, we can't help but ponder his statement, "the notion of privacy is extinct."

It's not like Google is watching you take a shower, or anything...

Or are they?

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