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Points of Disclosure

The points of privacy compromised increase as technology moves ahead. Traditionally, you gave your personal information only to sources such as banks, stores where you made credit card purchases, car dealers where you needed financing, and other such hardcopy/brick-and-mortar sources. Controlling and tracking how you gave away your information was easier because the backend technologies were not in place to share your information with the rest of the world. However, the advent of the Internet—and, more recently, personal technologies available to consumers—has greatly increased the potential point of information disclosure. These points of information access are discussed throughout the book.

Figure 1.5 is a basic outline of a simple Web shopping transaction, in which you make personal information available to the world at several points. If you are going to buy that digital camera you found on CNET, you would have to go through this basic process. Along the way are several points where your personal information can be subverted and captured for evil purposes. These are discussed in the following sections.


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