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Part: II BECOMING AWARE: PRIVACY AND THE... > WHO WANTS TO KNOW WHAT ABOUT WHOM?

Chapter 3. WHO WANTS TO KNOW WHAT ABOUT WHOM?

We've talked some now about the types of information that might be collected about you and the things you might want to be worried about. Now let's talk about what is really happening, what kinds of data collection is actually going on, who is using the data, and maybe why.

In this chapter, we discuss the evolution of information gathering. We start by talking about how people are curious about other people, especially celebrities, and how far our culture thinks that curiosity can go, appropriately or not. We'll move on to talk about news reporting—other people gathering information for us that we couldn't likely gather ourselves. From there has evolved the idea of open government information, easily obtainable these days via the Internet. And then we're going to get personal with you and talk about information gathering about you, your preferences, purchases, and activities online and off. Different kinds of information gathering and the motivations behind them are discussed a lot in this chapter. We want you to understand the pros and cons, from all sides, so that you can make intelligent choices in your own situations.


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