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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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The Cost of Privacy

But as with any advancement, some sacrifices must be made. One sacrifice we seem to be making for an Internet-ready lifestyle is our privacy. With each new piece of technology we use—whether it's online banking or wireless Web surfing via cell phones—some bit about ourselves is given to the corporations and mass marketers. For each access point in technology, such as cell phone usage, online grocery shopping, stock trading, reading online newspapers, information about you is being compiled. Your credit card information is stored among numerous companies if you are at all into online shopping or even bill payments. Trading information about consumers has spawned a new field of businesses. Companies are dedicated to just compiling ...

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