Negative Effects Of Digital Privacy

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As we evolve in the information age, online privacy rights have grown over the past years. In 1986, a federal law was passed to protect an individual’s electronical information. “This law was produced to make a fair balance among the privacy expectations of citizens and the legitimate needs of law enforcement” (EPIC). With the Internet developing intensely, there is a great deal at stake such as the theft of your identification. But where it all begins is when you access the Internet. This is the first step in being aware of your privacy because you go through the process in signing up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). With this process you have a IP address attached to your ISP. This is the primary step on how your information starts…show more content…
A damaging aspect would consist of an individual going on a “naughty” website or a photo appearing online that they don’t want others to see. Having “damaging” aspects can affect your life or profession. Once information is entered on the Internet it adds to your preexisting digital footprints. These digital footprints are not permanent but they are not easy to clear up. Lastly, most individuals are not aware that employers are checking the World Wide Web before they hire you nowadays because they want to see if you have any abnormal behaviors or any unreliable qualities about yourself that they are unaware…show more content…
“For DNT to work though, the sites that were visited must agree to uphold the preference to not be tracked. Although, some large companies and corporations have agreed to honor the DNT, many have refused to because it threatens advertising dollars” (Fact Sheet 18). What is even more interesting are “cookies ”. This is when the internet/computer remembers an individual’s purchases, preferences and/or personal sections such as your address and has an automatic fill button that saves into your hardware drive. With cookies there are a variety of them such as first-party cookies vs third-party cookies. With first-party cookies they use this information to make offers to repeating users online. Third-party cookies can share your information with clearinghouses an in hopes to show advisements to users anticipating they will utilities them based off of their preferences. When you blocks third-party cookies it can increase your awareness of your privacy and security online. This helps block consumer and ad pop ups around the Web. Sometimes you can even have poor Internet privacy that is linked with cookies that the user is unaware of. There are websites on the World Wide Web that have the worst Internet privacy such as Facebook Apps. A pure example is back in 2010,

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