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

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Government Threats to Privacy

Government threats to individuals can be rather obscure. Approaches to privacy vary from country to country, but two basic models are followed. The first is a regulatory model adopted by the government to provide guidance, laws, and enforcement for privacy and security. The second model is one of self-regulation and sectoral laws. Sectoral laws are specific to certain industries, technologies, and states. Laws get developed as a last resort and follow technology development. In countries such as Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and in Central and Eastern Europe, governments have taken a very active role in privacy rights. A public position also has been developed in several of these countries to enforce ...

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