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PRIVACY POWER

Fundamentally, the problem with privacy boils down to the fact that in the USA you have few (if any) legal rights to your own data. Time and again, courts have ruled that corporations and governments may do what they wish with your information, barring any laws to the contrary. This is in stark contrast to European Union privacy directives, which work on the assumption that data about an individual belongs to that individual, and anyone who wants to use it must ask nicely first.

"The biggest privacy threats are political, not technical," says Bruce Schneier. "They're the fact that you don't own your own data. It's not like it is in Europe, where data collected for one purpose can only be used for that purpose. You have no rights to the data ChoicePoint has about you—no rights to make it accurate or say 'I don't want that data available about me, take it down'."


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