Privacy & IT

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Privacy & Transparency Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. -- James Madison (Fourth President of the United States) The right to privacy is the power to keep secrets. --Dale Carpenter, “Keeping Secrets,” 86 Minn. L. Rev 1097 (2002). Privacy for Online Consumers The authors of the next reading believe that each of the various players--Internet users, businesses, government and privacy advocates—realize it’s in their own self-interest to want better privacy protection online. Privacy in the Digital Age: Work in Progress 1 The Expectation of Anonymity The Internet generates an elaborate trail of data detailing every stop a person makes on the Web. This data trail may be captured by the individual's employer if she logged on at work, and is captured by the Web sites the individual visits. Transactional data, click stream data, or "mouse- droppings," can provide a "profile" of an individual's online life. Technologies such as "cookies," written directly onto your hard drive, enable Web sites to surreptitiously collect information about your online activities and store it for future use. Designed for the benign purpose of enabling Web sites to recognize a repeat visitor and respond accordingly, cookies were quickly adopted by Web sites to facilitate the tracking of specific individual's activities at Web sites for the purpose of customizing content and advertising…. Companies, such as Doubleclick, use this detailed transactional information to provide targeted online advertising. Others, such as Adfinity, combine these "mouse-droppings" or "click-stream data" with personal information collected from other sources into fully identifiable profiles of the individual's online and offline behavior. The increased data collection enabled by the Internet and electronic commerce are part of a larger phenomena--the growing market in personal information. … An individual's choice of payment mechanism impacts on her privacy. The amount of personal information generated and collected varies from theoretically none in a cash transaction to identity, item or service purchased, merchant, and date and time in a credit transaction. Similarly, 1 Nova Law Review , Volume 23, Number 2, Winter 1999.
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the list of parties who have access to personal data can range from the individual and the merchant in a cash transaction, to the merchant, affiliated issuer, transaction processor, credit card company, and individual in a credit card transaction. In general, cash provides the most privacy protection during financial transactions in the offline world. It is fungible, largely untraceable, and because its value is inherent and irrefutable, it requires no additional assurance
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course CIS 0835 taught by Professor Forman during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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