The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (Google eBook)

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NYU Press, 2004 - Computers - 283 pages
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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.

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User Review  - TommyElf - LibraryThing

Solove does an excellent job in the first chapter of this book, outlining the dangers of online digital information. Written in 2004, its still a relevant read even in today's modern internet ... Read full review

The digital person: technology and privacy in the information age

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When one surveys the myriad ways that personal information can be snatched from individuals through electronic means, it's easy to feel gloomy about the prospects for privacy in the Information Age ... Read full review


1 Introduction
i computer databases
ii public records
iii government access
12 Conclusion

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Daniel J. Solove is associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. He is the co-author of Information Privacy Law.

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