Learn Who Wants Your Private Data (and Why)

We’ve seen that lots of information you may want to keep private travels over the internet. That in itself isn’t a problem; after all, you want to share private information with your family, friends, doctor, and so on. Problems can occur when someone accesses personally identifiable information (see Personally Identifiable Information) without your consent or even, in some cases, your knowledge.

Who exactly might be trying to learn private information about you online? I’m glad you asked; this chapter shows you who wants to know about you and, crucially, why. Knowing who you’re trying to keep your private data private from is a useful first step.

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