Foreword, with the Zeal of a Convert

It’s a call I get every 6 to 12 months. My credit card has been “compromised” and needs to be replaced with a new one. Once a major annoyance, this has become a well-oiled, mildly inconvenient ritual for updating useful accounts and dropping the ones I no longer need or want—an effective method for canceling sticky subscriptions. It is a tribute to the resilience of human beings that we can adapt so easily to a bad state of affairs. And so it is for me, and many others I suspect, the way that I am reminded about privacy and its protection, by accident, every 6 to 12 months, for just a few days. It’s not that I don’t like privacy; it’s just that I really didn’t care all that much.

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