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

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Government Threats

The most significant threat the government poses in the realm of illegal activity is the lack of intervention that governments around the world have made in cybercrime. Even though several laws that have passed in some countries, such as the U.S. and Australia, and in Europe have made progress, the average consumer is still faced with threats to her privacy and security on many fronts with little or no help from law enforcement agencies. The right to anonymity in the online world is, of course, desired by everyone, but this anonymity does help criminals hide their activities from the average consumer. Government intervention is slowly making its way into cybercrime cases, such as when U.S. courts have issued rulings requiring ...

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