Information Insecurity: Privacy Under Siege

96p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Sept. 2015. lib. ed. $34.65. ISBN 9781467725170. LC 2014018682.
Gr 7 Up—As our digital footprint continues to grow, more and more information about our lives—be it where we are, to whom we're talking, or what we're buying—is being collected, analyzed, and stored online. In this slim yet compact book, January discusses, in a straightforward, thought-provoking fashion, the various aspects of the Internet privacy debate, including individual rights and ownership of digital data, as well as how to safeguard personal details. Balancing the opinions of legal authorities and technology experts with concrete evidence, January presents a strong case for greater digital security yet acknowledges the difficulties in doing so. Because laws governing digital privacy issues have not caught up with the constantly changing world of technology, the rights of citizens, January points out, are in a legal gray area. Numerous examples, captioned photographs, and informative sidebars support and advance the pro-privacy arguments, while an extensive "Source Notes" section documents the sheer volume of information available on the topic. Additional back matter elements provide a wealth of information for students looking to learn more about this complex and ongoing debate.
VERDICT An essential purchase.

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