Interesting Tid Bit On Our Privacy From Back In 1978

Posted By on September 18, 2013

Question…..Did anybody think that our privacy was being compromised back in 1978?  Answer….Probably not. But sure enough and to our surprise it’s the wrong answer.

Back on February 24, 1978  The Rockford Files Season 4 Episode 12  was viewed on NBC and the following caption was shown at the end of ‘ The House On Willis Street’ part 2.  This episode was about new secret computer centers being set up to gather records on 250 million citizens.

Here is the caption that ran at the end of that show, NBC Prime Time:

“Secret information centers, building dossiers, on individuals exist today. You have no legal right to know about them, prevent them, or sue for damages.  Our liberty may well be the price we pay for permitting this to continue unchecked.”


U.S. Privacy Protection Commission

Hmm?  That was 35 years ago and most computer power came from mainframes or new mini computers which were rapidly replacing the mainframes.  Here are some ancient computer systems of that era….. IBM’s System 370’s, SperryRand UNIVAC’s, Data General Eclipse’s and Digital Equipments Vax 11 Series  etc.  PS…. In the Rockford episode, Sperry UNIVAC’s looked to be running!

Source: Wise Dog

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