Big Brother: It’s not government, but corporate America, doing the spying
George Orwell had it wrong.
It’s corporate America, not government, that is emerging as the clearest embodiment of Big Brother — the all-seeing, all-knowing entity in Orwell’s novel “1984.”
With technology already available or on its way, corporations can block your e-mail from particular senders, stop you from printing documents deemed too sensitive and record instant-messaging conversations among workers.
“People worry a lot about the FBI spying on them,” said Lewis Maltby, president of National Workrights Institute. “But your chances of being spied on by the FBI are one in a million. Your chances of being spied on by your boss are better than 50-50.”