Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World

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In this compelling book, privacy expert Ann Cavoukian teams up with Don Tapscott, author of The Digital Economy, coauthor of Paradigm Shift, and an international authority on information technology in business, to reveal the many ways in which government and corporations systematically invade our privacy and erode the confidentiality of our personal information. The authors examine how the breakdown of technological barriers has created the formation of a vast network of information. They show how the growth of computer usage results in the rise of personal surveillance, for purposes you may not even be aware of. Where you go, what you do, how much you spend, and (by inference) how you behave and think - such "data" are stored electronically and made accessible to strangers. Read this book to discover how your medical records, credit reports, employment background, and consumer history are woven into detailed personal profiles that are commonly bought and sold. And learn about the essential steps you must take to protect yourself against such practices.

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This is a scary but very necessary look at how "privacy" is fast becoming a quaint notion in today's wired world. Medical records, credit reports, employment records and communications -- a huge amount of information is profiled and stored online, very detailed, and often for sale. Everyday actions such as buying a car, purchasing groceries, ordering a pizza for delivery all seem innocuous, but information is collected about our preferences and habits in places that we don't usually consider. The authors show how information is collected and maintained and then offer strategies and ideas for keeping the promise of technology from becoming a nightmare.

Their ideas won't stop the invasion of privacy in its tracks, but they will slow it down considerably. More important is the idea that we don't have to passively accept these intrusions into our lives.

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WHO KNOWS what you. . .Earn in a year? Spent on your latest car? Bought your spouse as a birthday gift? Take for indigestion, incontinence, or impotence? WHO KNOWS where you. . .Get your long-distance service? Have your prescriptions filled? Take your vacations? Invest your money? WHO KNOWS if you have ever/ . . Responded to a personals ad? Been fired? Declared bankruptcy? Had an abortion? Seen a psychotherapist? Been tested for AIDS? With alarming accuracy, the most personal facts of our lives find their way into computer files and data banks. At this very moment, companies and governments are busy gathering and exchanging our medical, financial, consumer, and employment records--without our consent. And the explosive growth of the Internet is only making matters worse. How did this outrageous invasion of privacy come about? How can you begin to reverse the trend, for yourself and society? This shocking expose will provoke you to act before it's too late. Read this book to learn how the networked world has compromised your privacy and what you can do about it!

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