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Computer-Related Risks by Peter G. Neumann - SRI International

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Chapter 6. Threats to Privacy and Well-Being

If you don’t defend your rights, you lose them—by attrition.

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI1

WE NEXT CONSIDER a variety of problems relating to violations of personal privacy and threats to general well-being.

6.1 Needs for Privacy Protection

Section 6.1 originally appeared as an Inside Risks column, CACM, 35, 4, 164, April 1992, and was written by Marc Rotenberg, while he was Director of the Washington Office of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He is now with the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He chairs the ACM Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights.

Few social issues seem to attract more interest in the computer profession than does privacy.

Perhaps this interest is not ...

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