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Web Stalkers
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 person’s identity:

  • All female veterinarians in Nome, Alaska who have been diagnosed with a venereal disease.

  • All Native American piano tuners in Stuttgart, Germany with a felony record.

  • 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.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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