What can you find out online about others? What can anyone find out about you? Quite a lot. Carole Lane shows you both how and why in this encyclopedic book. Naked in Cyberspace
reveals the personal records available on the Net and demonstrates both how they are used and how to use them. Lane further examines the issue of Net privacy, noting what information is not
available to the average searcher and discussing what safeguards protect you from unwarranted intrusion. This is an important work for anyone who values both privacy and information.
Everyone needs information about someone else from time to time. Probate attorneys need to contact heirs, collection agents need to find debtors, genealogists need to trace ancestors, and librarians often need to locate biographies for their patrons. Lane, who founded her own information brokerage in 1993, explains the mysteries of mailing lists, telephone directories, and news databases, as well as bank records, consumer credit records, criminal justice databases, vehicle registrations, death and tax records, and a host of other sources containing public information. The word online
in the subtitle is slightly misleading, since many of Lane's database sources are CD-ROM-format subscriptions. Lane is well versed in privacy laws and warns that computerized personal data is getting easier to collect and harder to conceal (on accessibility see David Freedman and Charles Mann's At Large ). Since Web sites change frequently, Lane provides an updated list to the URLs mentioned in the book at http: //www.onlineinc.com/pempress/naked/. George Eberhart