SINGAPORE - Remember the good old days when the only threat to your privacy was a nosy parent or sibling breaking into your room and reading your diary, assuming you kept one?
These days, those mom-and-pop operations are positively small potatoes.
Now you can hardly open a newspaper without reading about some government or large corporation going through your e-mail, phone calls and Facebook pictures.
A few years back, everybody was upset about Facebook and how it kept changing its privacy settings although that certainly did not stop anyone from posting vacation photos online.
Then, after everyone sort of got comfortable with the idea of Facebook knowing everything about them, along came Edward Snowden with some leaked documents about how the Uniited States National Security Agency was monitoring the private communications of US citizens.
People got really excited about that story too, especially the bits where Snowden kept playing hide-and-seek with journalists before deciding to hang out for weeks in an airport.
Then, just as news broke that Snowden was finally leaving the airport, we get a story this week about a Google court filing that anyone sending an e-mail to a Gmail user has no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential.
Take it all together and one cannot help but get the impression that nearly nothing we type into a computer or a phone is private these days.