Any comeuppance, if it happens at all, would come from a lawsuit months or years later – one that's expensive and difficult to file, filled with charges that are often difficult to prove.
When there's no way available to defend the privacy of your private life or private thoughts, the only option is to make them a little harder to violate by making them less obvious, more difficult to dig through.
To those who are honest, hiding so large a part of our lives feels like lying. Most people have no experience having to conceal secrets larger than their salary, level of happiness or how good an athlete they really were in high school.
There should still be no need to have to conceal the mundane, mostly inconsequential personal lives nosy, entitled snoops would like to examine and judge.
Within two, three or five years, if the Supreme Court remembers it's there to defend the Constitution, not change the language to make Corporate Persons more happy, we'll have drawn legal and ethical lines that make clear what kind of snooping is acceptable and what isn't.
Right now the snoops don't believe in limits, apparently don't believe in personal rights and certainly don't believe there is any reason not to drop whatever punishment they can muster on anyone who is hiding their personal life by refusing to hand over access to what passes for a circle of friends or private chatter among acquaintances.
The limits are there, however, and you're the only one who can enforce them.
If you can't do it by refusing, do it by concealing what bosses have no right to discover. Don't lie outright, and don't lie to improve your status. Those have always been offenses and still are.
But, when some twit demands the keys to your personal kingdom, don't admit you have them in your pocket, and don't go out of your way to let them know how to get there.
In the kingdom of the heart, each soul is its own king. Abdicate at your own risk and to your own sorrow.
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