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Privacy is a most precious thing, yet it is an aspect of life that can be difficult to attain in our modern world of instant and profuse communication.

The most glaring recent example is pro-golfer Tiger Woods whose enormous wall of privacy came crumbling down because of his own admitted "transgressions" and fueled in part by the cyberspace-presence of voice mails and text messages. He has learned the hard way that very personal information once spoken, written or otherwise made available via modern tools of communication becomes part of an ethereal permanent record that is virtually impossible to erase.

It should be especially obvious to those who frequent social networking sites, and often upload very personal information on computers of one sort or another, that what they so freely provide instantly becomes available to the world. One never knows, for sure, where or when the information, for good or for bad, will surface.

Not everyone has the public persona of a Tiger Woods, yet everyone, regardless of station in life, could learn from the golfer's sorry experience. Privacy is becoming increasingly difficult in a world where people so willingly share information about themselves. Besides, it is always best to keep one's actions beyond reproach.

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