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Your Privacy Rights

The Privacy Act prohibits the disclosure of personal information, no matter how this information is gathered. The consumers’ control and knowledge applied to on the internet come under two categories- purchasing and surfing. The legal protection law for individual privacy in the United States has been passed fairly recently, and limits the protection of data. Data collection methods have raised concerns about consumer privacy. The FTC, in their efforts to ensure success, has developed principles that would protect consumers and the information they choose to display. The USA PATRIOT Act was put in to effect in reaction to the 9/11 Terrorist attacks. To prevent terrorism in the United States by keeping an eye on communication around the country, the Government felt that terrorism could be diminished. This Act gives the Government powers to disregard privacy concerns of the citizens in the face of national security concerns. Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) lays the precin…

How your personal information becomes public on the internet Part 2

In part 2 of exploring how your actions online translate into your information being stored and used by unknown parties. Here are a few more ways. 

Cookies:  When users visit different Web sites, most of the sites deposit data about the user visit, called "cookies," on the user’s hard drive. Cookies are then used to send pieces of information by the Web server to a user's browser for purposes of identification, authentication, marketing, shopping cart information or browsing history etc. Cookies may include information such as login or registration identification, user preferences, online "shopping cart" information, and so on. The browser saves all the information, and sends it back to the Web server whenever the user returns to the Web site. The Web server may use the cookie to adapt the information, content or format that it sends to the user, or it may preserve tracking of the different pages within the site that the user accesses. If a user uses the Internet…

How your personal information becomes public on the internet Part 1

As most of our personal and private lives continue to be greatly resident on the internet, it is very important for internet users to understand that although the Internet permits us to increase communication, remove physical obstacles, and grow our knowledge. Its engagement with all aspects of our society has been quite intricate We normally assume that the same formal laws or societal rules that protect your privacy in the physical world apply to the digital world as well. However, the laws concerning online privacy are still being established. Every site visited and any interaction that you may have had on your computer leaves a track that can be traced to you. Any information that you explicitly or inadvertently provide while your traverse content or transactions on websites is stored and used to determine your identity, preferences and profile. a    Subscription to an Internet Service There are thousands of Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) that enable your computers to be linked t…