The End of Privacy by Reginald Whitaker
How Total Surveillance is Becoming a Reality (Back to Basics)

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Now in paperback, a sobering look at the threats to privacy posed by the new information technologies. Called "one of the best books yet written on the new information age" by Kirkus Reviews and now available in paperback, The End of Privacy shows how vast amounts of personal information are moving into corporate hands. Once there, this data can be combined and used to develop electronic profiles of individuals and groups that are potentially far more detailed, and far more intrusive, than the files built up in the past by state police and security agencies. Reg Whitaker shows that private e-mail can be read; employers can monitor workers' every move throughout the work day; and the U.S. Treasury can track every detail of personal and business finances. He goes on to demonstrate that we are even more vulnerable as consumers. From the familiar--bar-coding, credit and debit cards, online purchases--to the seemingly sci---"smart cards" that encode medical and criminal records, and security scans that read DNA--The End of Privacy reveals how ordinary citizens are losing control of the information about them that is available to anyone who can pay for it.
 

About Reginald Whitaker

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Reginald Whitaker is a professor of Political Science, York University.
 
Published February 1, 1999 by New Press. 195 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In a famous phrase, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once observed that, at least with respect to the government, the right to privacy gave citizens ""the right to be let alone."" That right is being eroded, says journalist Sykes (Dumbing Down Our Kids, 1995, etc.).

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York University (Canada) political scientist Whitaker offers a brilliant portrayal and analysis of the dangers of the “new information technology.” Many books have been written on the exponential growth and combination of computer and communication technology (read the Web, personal computers, co...

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Whitaker makes a convincing and powerful case that Orwell had it only half right when he envisioned Big Brother smothering our privacy.

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