Privacy in the Internet

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Privacy in the Internet How would you feel if I told you that I know almost everything there is to know about you – from your occupation to the brand of toothpaste you use, from your IQ to your culinary tastes, and so on – even though you have never met me, and possibly were not even aware of my existence? Most people would immediately state that they would feel violated, stripped of their individuality. Yet millions of people browse the Net day after day, blissfully ignorant of the fact that that they are always being monitored by someone to some degree. By selling you items and/or services, Amazon.com knows your reading preferences; your favorite online grocery store knows what kind of toothpaste you prefer; your university knows what your GPA is, etc. It does not seem at first that there is much of a problem in this. After all, even though all information about you is still “out there,” not all of it is accessible to any given person at any given time. Or is it? Currently, no explicit right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution is mentioned. In the case of Katz vs. U.S. (1967), it has been ruled that The Fourth Amendment provides us with a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” which means that the government must have a probable cause in order to legally monitor phone and electronic communications legally[1]. Johnson[2] mentions that the Privacy Act of 1974 applies to the federal government and not to private organizations (p. 115). Therefore, it may not be illegal for your grocery store and Amazon.com to cooperate and share information about you, for whatever the reason. More and more information about you will be accessible to some (or maybe even all) companies and individuals, gradually approaching the worst-case scenario... ... middle of paper ... ...ivacy Protection Rule. Federal Trade Commission. Internet. available: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm [5] ICQ shuts out adults posing as children http://news.com.com/2100-1023-240084.html?legacy=cnet [6] http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/07/toysmart.htm, http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/07/toysmart2.htm [7] http://www.bakerdaniels.com/newsstand/article.cfm?articleID=1019 [8] http://news.com.com/2100-1017-243497.html?legacy=cnet [9] http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/privacy/docs/guide/guide-ukingdom_en.pdf [10] The FBI Has Bugged Our Public Libraries. Olds, Bill. Internet. available: http://www.ctnow.com/features/lifestyle/hc-privacy1103.artnov03col.story [11] http://www.counterpunch.org/cassel05292004.html [12] http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/01/14/25486.html [13] http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,63637,00.html

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