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NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Sony Today, It Could Be You Tomorrow

By: Kym Grinnage email

The recent hacking of Sony's digital infrastructure is a harsh reminder of the brave new world that we live in. This criminal breach brings to light a number of issues that all of us must face on a daily basis in our business and personal lives.

A few come to mind:

  1. When does freedom of speech go too far? Can anyone make a movie about anything?
  2. Does the media have the right or responsibility to make available to the public stolen proprietary emails from a private business or entity?
  3. Should Americans be intimidated by cyber terrorists?
  4. Are your personal emails really secure?

I will give my opinion on the first two questions and comment on the last two next week.

When we live in a free society, where freedom of speech is a right we can, and should be tolerant, but yes sometimes we can go too far.

Some of my colleagues may disagree with me, but I do believe that there are instances when stolen emails should remain private when it's not in the public interest. The questions is: who determines what's in the public interest?

I'll see you next week with my opinion on questions 3 & 4.

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