TAMPA — Four months after a federal investigation and ensuing media frenzy turned her life upside down, Tampa hostess and former honorary consul Jill Kelley is offering advice on protecting privacy.
Her short essay, "How to Save Privacy," appears online at businessweek.com.
"When my name was leaked after I reported a stalking incident last year, leading to numerous false headlines and articles, I learned the scope of the government's authority to view e-mail," she writes. "Until new legislation is passed, our legal protections online are minimal."
Kelley also wants officials to change privacy laws to protect "those who report a crime."
"Otherwise, law-abiding citizens will fear the unexpected consequences of a leak by the authorities," she concludes. "Until our privacy laws give us both privacy and protection, I'll continue to be an advocate for reform, so others don't have to go through the challenges my friends and family endured.''
The essay is one of 46 How-to features Bloomberg Businessweek is offering on a variety of topics, including how to get people to listen, run your company like an improv group, read a financial statement, secure your online identify, argue like a pundit and walk like a zombie. Along with Kelley, the authors range from Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman to Newt Gingrich to Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson.