Most people would agree that their lives have been positively affected by the Internet and e-mail. The
Internet allows us to access large amounts of information on nearly any topic quickly and cheaply. E-mail
allows us to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues41instantly even when they are on
another continent.42, a question on many people’s minds concerns privacy. Does a company or
government agency have the right to43 a record of the sites you visit on the Internet? Does your
employer have the right to 44your e-mail message?
Democratic societies create large zones of privacy for individuals by45 the power of public and
private authorities to look into anyone’s personal matters. Although privacy is still a very important value, the
computer age has brought a new debate over privacy rights.