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What's the Point?

Okay, up to here we've taught you several ways to find an old friend from high school, or a phone number in a distant city. You may be wondering why we are concentrating on this in a privacy book.

The only way we can show you all the information available about a person using the Internet is to actually lead you through those searches. If you follow the steps we outline here, using yourself as an example, you'll find that there's probably more out there than you expected—things you may not have expected to pop up again. For fun, we recently ran a search on a friend who is now a director of technical engineering at a software firm. This person has a PhD, many published papers, testimony in front of congress, charitable activities, and so on. We didn't expect to find papers he wrote more than 20 years ago transcribed onto the Web as the archives for a local chapter of the radical political group he belonged to in college—and neither did he.


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