The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (Google eBook)
Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day - even as you read this - electronic databases are compiling information about you. Ever since the Internet transformed the way we shop, learn, and communicate, computer databases have collected unprecedented amounts of information about almost every individual in the world. Small details that were once captured in dim memories or fading scraps of paper are now preserved forever in the digital minds of computers, in vast databases with fertile fields of personal information. for millions of people. Often these dossiers are used to investigate backgrounds, check credit, market products, and make a wide variety of decisions affecting our lives. This practice has, thus far, gone largely unchecked, and poses a grave threat to our privacy. without our knowledge), Daniel J. Solove argues that we must rethink our understanding of what privacy is and what it means in the digital age, and then reform the laws that define and regulate it. Although the implications of digital dossiers may be grave, The Digital Person helps empower internet users by exposing to them the reality of what happens when they input personal information into computers, and how they can push for legal reform that simultaneously protects their privacy and lets them enjoy the benefits of the information age.