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    Corvallis Gazette-Times: Commentary: With best intentions, we give up privacy

    A thought-provoking commentary from the publisher of the Corvallis Gazette-Times:

    […] Just like it’s hard to argue against installing surveillance cameras at a skate park in Harrisburg in an attempt to deter vandals. Just like it’s hard to argue against installing cameras outside the Linn County Courthouse in the wake of an anthrax scare. Just like it’s hard to argue against installing cameras in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library to get a handle on a wave of vandalism.

    All of that has happened just in the last few months. In each case, we swallowed hard and decided that the potential good outweighed any potential harm.

    Maybe it does.

    But now, I worry that this is how we eventually lose our privacy: Not with a bang, not even with a whimper, but through a series of small acts, each launched with the best of intentions.

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