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Chapter 1. PRIVACY AT RISK > The Information Explosion

The Information Explosion

Even with the dangers posed by digital delinquents and eavesdropping employers, the biggest threat to your personal privacy is your own bad self. But who can blame you? We've all been trained to fork over our personal information since kindergarten, filling out form after form in school, doctor's offices, work, and for an ever-expanding number of governmental entities.

The problem is that in the USA, once you give up your personal information it no longer belongs to you. In a 1976 decision (Miller vs. U.S.), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy for information they voluntarily provide to others. In other words, if you tell someone something they're free to tell anyone else, unless there's a specific law that forbids sharing this info or you make someone sign a legal document that says they won't disclose it.


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