"If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god, shall not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart." (Ps44:20-21)
"But if you do not [obey God], behold, you have sinned against Jehovah; and recognize that your sin will find you out." (Nu32:23)
"For there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops." (Lk12:2-3)
The media 'discussion' on this has been on the order of, how a "good person", due to some -momentary- "indiscretion", can have their ENTIRE LIFE RUINED due to the "invasion of privacy" of what they assumed nobody else should be privy to. Once on the internet, where thousands/millions can view it, it can never be retracted. In some cases the damage to a person's reputation and position can be permanently irreparable.
Some years ago we observed a situation where a young person got caught with their computer, having visited cybersmut sites
The browsers since those days have become more sophisticated to where, with the likes of Opera or FireFox, for instance, a person can configure their options to be able to delete their cache and history files with a single click of the mouse, so another person cannot come along and find-out their activities. Such a person might feel relatively "safe" in their perverse private activities (if that is their thing).
But like the saying, "You build a mouse trap, and somebody will come along and build a better one"; the technology today allows for all sorts of stealth capturing and entrapment capabilities.
As a side-note to you who think you are 'benefited' by having "OnStar" in your newer vehicle: Do you realize that the government is able, by backtracking through the satellite system, to gain access to your onboard OnStar system, without your knowledge or consent, and 'listen-in' on anything that is going on in your own (what you think is) "private" vehicle? If you have OnStar, that is 'present' reality! And as I understand it, if you have a newer cell phone, it also automatically comes with GPS, so the government can, if it chooses, track your every move. Again: 'present' reality!
In a very real sense, even though the world today has become even more Godless, it seems, than in past years; today's technology shouts out the concept of the testimony to one of God's truths...
!!! YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM GOD !!!
Of the wicked the psalmist proclaims: "Yet they say, YAH does not see, nor does the God of Jacob perceive it." (Ps94:7)
Of those who claimed to be God's chosen people: "Then He said to me, Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, Jehovah does not see us, Jehovah has forsaken the land." (Ezk8:12)
People typically hold to one of two things: Either that God does not see (or care about) what we do, since He has accepted us "just as we are"; or, that God doesn't exist. We are all here by "chance", and so therefore our behavior doesn't matter. We are like the animals, doing "what comes naturally".
GOD HAS AN ANSWER TO THAT:
At the final judgment of the Great White Throne, what is the extent to which God goes to scrounge up every-last-sinner for judgment?
That's -EXACTLY- what God is going to do.
And if He can do that, does the one who claims "God does not see what I'm doing" not then also understand that, what God created and will reconstitute, He also -KNOWS- what that person did (or failed to do) during their lifetime? If God created a humanity with the ability to devise clever technology to spy on others, is not the Creator greater than the created being? If man can 'know' things about each other through stealth, is not God's knowledge of man even greater?
And if one person, by revealing another person to the world, can ruin their lives; what is the 'ruin' to a person in the Lake of Fire?
How does one gain Heaven and escape Hell? How does one come to have their name written in the Book of Life?
In these news stories they promo'd a special in which they were going to tell of a person who was making it his mission to expunge these damaging internet postings, to clean up a person's record. (I never got to see it to learn the details)
If the "wages of sin is death", how does the sinner get their sins expunged before God? How does one gain access to the "gift of God" which is "eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom6:23) What is the message Jesus commanded to be proclaimed?
First of all, we cannot expunge our own record before God. It was "necessary" for "Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day". He "washed us from our sins in His own blood" (Rev1:5) The Believer has been "renewed by the Holy Spirit" (Tit3:5, Jn3:8) The sinner must "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" and "receive Him" (Ac16:31, Jn1:12) and this faith for Salvation is a "gift of God" (Eph2:8) All these things come from God, which God provides through Jesus' work on the cross (Ga6:14) and the Holy Spirit's indwelling impartation to us. (Rom8:9)
But how do we come before God to 'acquire' this Salvation? It's the rest of what Jesus commanded to be proclaimed:
"...repentance and remission of sins" (Lk24:46-47) The early Church leaders would speak of "repentance unto life" (Ac11:18)
The gift is there... ready for the taking. Jesus purchased our redemption through His blood. (Eph1:7, Col1:14, Heb9:12) But if we don't reach out and "receive" it, it is just going to sit there, unclaimed. The means to receiving it is repentance, knowing we are totally undeserving, we plead with God, "God, be merciful to me a sinner!" (Lk18:13)
We must come to God and say, "Jehovah, be merciful unto me; heal my soul; for I have sinned against You." (Ps41:4)
A person may have committed many sins. Some willfully, some out of ignorance. A person is -born- in sin (Ps51:5) so they commit sins. That is the "nature". We are born "by nature children of wrath" (Eph2:3) and in our natural state in sin we do the things our father (the devil) does. (Jn8:44)
But in God's mercy He promises to "overlook" our sins in our ignorance, and to make "everything new" (2Co5:17) But He does not do so out of "sheer grace" (as one perversion twists it), just 'because' of His magnanimity.