Privacy in the Information Age / Edition 2

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Privacy in the Information Age examines the growing controversy of diminishing privacy as advancements in computer technology facilitate the monitoring and collection of information from people's daily lives. Everything from medical records to e-mail correspondence and financial statements can be reviewed by other people without the knowledge or consent of those whose information it is. These records can also be stored in database files. Eventually, all aspects of an individual's life may be gathered in a single computer file. While this could be a powerful and useful tool, it raises many questions. Who has the right to this information? How can one control what sort of information is being collected and whether or not that information is accurate? Author Harry Henderson examines the history of how technology has created this dilemma and discusses the current status of privacy laws.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In a world in which information on individuals is available quickly, cheaply, and easily, interest in privacy rights is growing. Both theoretical and practical, this book does a creditable job of surveying the topic by providing an overview of the issues, a survey of the applicable laws and court cases, a chronology, and an extensively annotated bibliography. The chapter titled "How To Research Privacy Issues" is a comprehensive pathfinder, complete with search strategy tips and URLs for web-based searching. Librarians will like the section on organizations and agencies that directs users to associations with an interest in privacy rights. The entries here include the requisite name, address, and phone number as well as the organization's URL and e-mail address and a description of purpose. An important resource for any library in which privacy issues are investigated.--Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Some would say that a half page or so would cover the subject entirely, but Henderson, a technical writer, is concerned not so much with personal privacy itself as the lack of it, the implications for individuals, and the measures to slow its further erosion. He explores who owns personal information, whether people have the right to decide who gets information and what they do with it, who is responsible when erroneous information leads to denial of service or arrest, and other issues. Like others in the series, the volume is intended to provide facts and views to support debate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Technology makes it easy to locate information, but how much information should be accessible and to whom? Privacy in the Information Age addresses many issues, from the ownership and processing of personal data to consumer privacy and law enforcement proceedings. An essential review of privacy foundations.
An up-to-date resource on the many aspects of privacy in the information era. . .. Well organized and written in approachable style, the book is highly recommended for all levels as a reference or introductory research tool. (July/August 2000)
Few books with 262 pages have so much information packed into them. Not only is this Facts On File book full of information, but some of it is also entertaining or possibly frightening...Every public or school library will find this very useful. It also might be useful as a textbook for certain law classes and a reference book for various businesses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816056972
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Library in a Book Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to privacy in the information age 3
Ch. 2 The law of privacy 52
Ch. 3 Chronology 117
Ch. 4 Biographical listing 131
Ch. 5 Glossary 138
Ch. 6 How to research privacy issues 149
Ch. 7 Annotated bibliography 162
Ch. 8 Organizations and agencies 244
App. A Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), 1966 255
App. B U.S. Supreme Court ruling : Katz v. Untied States, 1967 266
App. C Privacy Act of 1974 272
App. D Privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 1999 286
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