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Chapter Descriptions

The following sections describe the chapters in this book. Each chapter builds on the previous chapters to tie together the threats you face and show you how you can respond to threats to your personal information, systems, and devices.

Chapter 2, “Defining Privacy: Social and Legal Aspects”

To understand where privacy is headed, you need to understand the laws and societal pressures that affect your privacy. Do we as consumers have a right to keep our data private? We have voluntarily given out this information to companies and Web portals in return for free services and prizes. Should we expect the people we have given this data to will keep it secure? These issues are being debated in both the legal realm and the corporate realm. Privacy advocates are pushing legal standards, while corporations are pushing for standards of their own to voluntarily secure data. This stems from generating revenue by making the customer happy. But some companies make money by disseminating your personal information, so they are pushing for openness of data and loose privacy controls.


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