Consider your Correspondence

If someone were really interested in finding out more about you than you care to share, your correspondence would add yet another layer of detailed information. Maybe you think that you need not worry so much about your financial privacy as you have already taken care of it by establishing a trusty offshore bank account, say in the Bahamas. Your monthly statements sent directly to your front door knock a hole the size of Texas right into the middle of your attempt at bank secrecy. Governments routinely monitor international mail particularly that coming from known banking centers. All of them reserve the right to open and examine mail coming from outside of their national borders. For all you know, Bt Brother has been opening the bank statements from your “secret” account, copying them an then resealing and sending them on, all unknown to you. Your attempt at privacy has in the end accomplished exactly the opposite of what you set out to do. Maybe you don’t have a secret account, still what mail you receive and from whom you receive it tells a great deal about you. What mailing lists are you on? What magazines do you receive? Who do you write to frequently and who writes to you? Would any of this information cause someone to form the wrong opinion of you if it were one day made public? Don’t think that this is entirely unlikely as one of the standard procedures in any Big Brother investigation is mail surveillance. Even without opening your mail, the government can form a clear idea of the people and places with which you correspond. No search warrant is needed to examine the front and back of any of your correspondence, it is considered to be public information.
Perhaps the mail that you send and receive actually says very little about you. Why? You have graduated to the electronic age, to the world of voice mail, e-mail and that wonder of wonders, the fax machine. If so, tread even more carefully. Although such forms of modem correspondence are convenient, they are far from private. You never know who may be tapping into your communications. It could be as simple as having the fax you just sent read by the secretary of your business associate before it is delivered to him. It could be as complex as a government tap on any and all of your electronic communications, or perhaps your boss routinely monitors all such communications sent out of the office. The point is that such forms of correspondence are far from secure and are frequently infiltrated by people who have no business meddling in your affairs.