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Are Your Bits Flipped? by Joe Kissell

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2. Do Privacy Policies Mean Anything?

Your privacy on our property is completely assured. We have a sign and everything.
Your privacy on our property is completely assured. We have a sign and everything.

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, IP address, shopping habits, browsing history, birthday, mother’s maiden name, and other personally identifiable information. Other times you don’t use the Internet.

Most of us take it for granted that the Web sites we visit collect massive amounts of data about us behind the scenes. If that’s a concern—and it should be!—you can do things like changing browser settings, adding plug-ins, and adjusting your preferences on various sites to discover when they track your ...

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