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

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Surveillance: Good or Bad?

Web sites normally log the IP address and other communication information from each visitor to their site for administrative and maintenance purposes. Web sites often use cookies to personalize a user's experience when browsing the site or to track the different stages of a transaction when the user is purchasing items online. These are some positive aspects of surfing the Web that can enhance a user's experience.

Cookies are also used, along with Web beacons,[2] to track user browsing habits. They enable potentially bothersome targeted ads and popup windows to be deployed on user desktops. With increasing frequency, consumers are asked to enter information about themselves, including their e-mail addresses, to get ...

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