CSCI 331-Writing Assignment 2-ColumboM.docx - Chapter 2 Unwrapping the Gift Writing Assignment Two CSCI 331 Michael J Columbo Academic Honesty Statement

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Academic Honesty Statement: I attest that the following is my original work Michael J. Columbo Chapter 2: Unwrapping the Gift Writing Assignment Two CSCI 331
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Michael Columbo Page 1 of 18 A-2-1 Computer technology is not necessary for the invasion of privacy. While computer technology certainly makes invasion of privacy easier, there are ways to do it without. Simply looking through a person’s trash or eavesdropping on a conversation you hear in a public place is an invasion of privacy. Paper files filled an estimated 125 miles of shelf space. I understand that before computers files were kept on paper, but 125 miles of shelf space is almost hard to comprehend. The distance between Minot and Bismarck is less than 125 miles. Hacking and identity theft. Unfortunately, I have been a victim of identity theft. Soon after moving here someone got my bank information and was enjoying themselves. Fortunately, I caught it early and my bank worked with me and was able to recover most of my funds. Computer technologies, such as GPS have profoundly changed what people can know about us. While I appreciate having GPS on my phone, especially for when I’m traveling and don’t know the area, I find it concerning that it could be used to tell someone exactly where I or my family are. Records of different people with similar names gets comingled or confused. My father and I have the same name. Sadly, my father passed away back in 2004, but because we have the same name a couple different financial institutions thought I passed away, which caused quite a mess. A-2-2 But when the information is about us, the same capabilities threaten our privacy. Social media sites have collected so much information about us to the point they know us better
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Michael Columbo Page 2 of 18 than we know ourselves. Identity theft has become such a problem that businesses have started with the sole purpose of trying to prevent it. Today there are thousands (probably millions) of databases, both government and private containing personal information about us. In the past when you went to a store and made a purchase the store tracked the purchase mostly for inventory purposes. Today however, whether a physical store or web site, the amount of information stored about their customers is astounding. Search engines collect many terabytes of data daily. I hate to say it but how could you think your searches aren’t collected? Yes, the intent is to use the information to enhance algorithms and personalize the advertisements we see but when the information is “leaked” that’s when it becomes a nightmare. Some Android and iPhones send location data to Google and Apple respectively. Because of the stories I hear in the news I am very careful to ensure I turn off my GPS when not using it. I also check the permissions of the apps I download and clear the location files on my phone and computer.
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  • Spring '19
  • Jane Smith
  • Privacy law, Michael J. Columbo

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