Chapter 18. Privacy and Use of Personal Data


Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.

 --Marlon Brando

An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country.

 --George Bernard Shaw

Companies around the world hold huge volumes of personal data, meaning data associated with a particular person. Companies collect personal data, process it, analyze it, and transmit it in the course of their every day business. Many IT and Internet businesses are based on creating, operating, and maintaining software applications to process such data.

Data processing technology and the creation of mass databases inevitably erode privacy. In January 1999, then Sun Microsystems ...

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