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Privacy What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know by J. C. Cannon

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Who's Watching Our Data?

When using an application, you do not think about someone looking over your shoulder as you type. When you are surfing the Internet, think about being at a Rolling Stones concert where you are walking among thousands of people. At any point in time, someone could see what you are doing and listen to what you are saying. It is even possible that someone may get close enough to lift something from your pocket. Using your computer online is a lot like that. Think of the Internet service provider (ISP) that you use for e-mail and Internet access. They must certainly keep logs of Internet traffic, typically for tuning, performance monitoring, and in some cases forensics; and this is where privacy issues can come into play. ...

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