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Chapter 2. WHAT IS PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL ... > Understanding What Privacy Means to ...

Understanding What Privacy Means to You

Once you understand what personally identifiable information is, and how to find out what that information will be used for, you can make a judgement on whether the benefit you receive by offering that information is worth it.

Seth Grodin told us that the right to privacy is the right not to be surprised; not by the places your information ends up nor by the uses to which it is put. Clearly, that means that you must pay attention to how your information is used, and make conscious decisions about that use. Privacy doesn't mean the absolute guarantee of anonymity—in some ways it's almost impossible to be truly anonymous in a wired world. However, exercising the use of your data—getting the maximum benefit and the minimum harm from the use of it—is a choice you should make with all the information you need at your disposal.


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