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Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Privacy on the Web?
In addition to providing access to useful
information for the conduct of business, the Internet has generated
an entirely new avenue for recreation and leisure time. Chat rooms,
blogs and online multi-player games are popular ways to spend time
and interact with others. The majority of Internet users are unaware
that these venues keep a file or record of the information exchanged
within the confines of that area, sometimes saving information
automatically to an archive for future reference.
Anyone using the Internet today must be aware that anything stored
by a computer is likely to have a much longer lifespan than
fragments of casual conversation shared between friends. As a result
of computer storage capabilities, words written and forgotten long
ago can resurface many years later.
The reality of life is that with a few minutes and a few dollars,
information can be obtained on almost anyone. This chapter will
explain why these data sources are available and what, if anything,
can be done to keep personal information private.
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