I hope that this catchy title not only displays my frustration with Canada post, but also eludes to the actual point of this post: privacy.
So...Canada post did not deliver an envelope today, presumably because it needs to be verified. Verified...what actually constitutes an envelope being verified? Someone at the door with a piece of ID...maybe? But who's home between 9 and 5 to pop out and 'verifiy' their person? Really, Canada post?
Verified...how about this for verification: Our mailbox is located inside of the apartment building to which there are 6 apartments (do the math to figure out how many keys this is, and how many people have reasonable access to the mailbox). Further to this, the mailbox is itself locked, to which there is only one key (can you guess who has it). My question to Canada post is: if I enter the building via my key and then open the mailbox via the ONLY key...can you not be reasonably certain that the envelope is verified?
The underlying rationale behind this is privacy. This is something that I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about in Canada- acts such as PHIPA and PIPEDA and the PCC...etc. Point: privacy doesn't exist.
Alright, now that you've gotten up from falling off of your chair (I know, quite the shocker, eh?), let me explain...
Privacy is a modern invention. Privacy hasn't always existed. Think about it: human beings used to live in a small communities where there was no such thing as privacy- everyone knew everything about you, and most often this kept you from doing socially embarrassing things, such as crimes. Ever wonder why the crime rate is higher in urban, rather than rural, areas? To put it far too simply: It's because people aren't embarrassed by a lack of privacy. They're protected. They have privacy rights. This scares the heck out of most of us, because the very people who may be trying to steal your private information have their own privacy rights protected. Nowadays, it's all about added protection and more security.
Privacy makes a lot of people a lot of money. Security/privacy are one of the fastest growing fields in the world. People can't enough of this stuff...alarms for your house, car, garage, office, briefcase, dog...if something can have it's privacy protected, there is a guy standing not too far waiting to sell it to you.
Point: Canada post, next time leave the envelope in the box behind the two locked doors to which there are very few keys to. I'll forgive you for violating my privacy.