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

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Security Versus Privacy

Laws have not been capable of determining how privacy will be achieved in any practical sense. The ECPA is one step in privacy rights. But as we have mentioned, it can do harm as well as do good when it comes to your personal information. You can't have privacy of data without security, but you can have security with no privacy. Privacy refers to data, consumer characteristics, preferences, and any information that needs to be kept private and confidential. Security, on the other hand, refers to access mechanisms and control of data and devices. Security applies to both client-side and server-side aspects of user information. To attain privacy, security measures must be taken by both the corporation and the user.

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