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Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Disclosure of Private Information
The protection of personal privacy is necessary for anyone with a
web accessible database. It is the responsibility of the Information
Technology department to ensure information is not improperly
disclosed to third parties. However, web hackers are increasingly
successful at breaking into web databases for personal gain
including finding “dirt” on an ex-friend or previous boss, or using
their access to a system for extortion or harassment.
Disclosure by Proxy
Many companies may also disclose private information in discrete and
subtle ways. For example, some companies sell aggregated information
under the premise that it does not reveal individual personal
details. This idea could easily backfire when personal details are
revealed by process of elimination. The following are a few examples
of queries that any private investigator could use to find a
All female veterinarians in Nome, Alaska who have been diagnosed
with a venereal disease.
All Native American piano tuners in Stuttgart, Germany with a
All kangaroo breeders in Burbank, California with charitable
donations in excess of one million dollars.
Unfortunately, there are those who would capitalize on mistakes in a
websites data disclosure; therefore, aggregate disclosure must be
carefully screened. More importantly, website owners are now being
held directly accountable for breeches in their web data security.
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