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

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Business Threats to Privacy

Which is more of a threat to your privacy, the government or the business community? Business has never been about doing what is best for the consumer. Business is concerned with making money, and a good way to make money is to keep the consumer happy and paying for more services and products. If consumer privacy happens to be one of the casualties of doing business, so be it. Only recently have we seen a real regard for consumer privacy by business entities and government agencies. The U.S. attitude toward the privacy issue has been that of an observer rather than of an active participant up until the last few years. As new laws are being passed that try to protect consumers, business entities have become more active ...

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