A former security analyst, military code breaker, and Internet pioneer, Holtzman brings considerable experience and perspective to this examination of how technology threatens individual privacy. Aimed at readers worried about snooping by entities ranging from the government to marketers, Holtzman plainly outlines what he calls the "seven sins against privacy" under which most violations can be categorized. He details the trails we all leave behind us that are increasingly finding their way into commercial and government databases. The book is divided into five sections: damage resulting from the loss of privacy, a historical overview, the legal basis of privacy, the mechanics behind snooping, and how to protect privacy. Holtzman includes samples of stories from newspapers and magazines of privacy violations, as well as an overview of the gadgets that trace our every movement, from cell phones to global positioning systems, police surveillance cameras, and chips that can be hidden in books and clothing. Advocating for a balance between security and privacy, Holtzman warns that "data never disappears." Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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The Patriot Act, government eavesdropping, the distribution of our most personal informationrecent security breaches and marketing?related invasions have affected the privacy of millions of Americans. So who has access to this information about us and what exactly are they doing with it? This question touches almost every aspect of our livesfrom control over our finances and identities to the (assumed) basic right to keep our thoughts, actions, medical histories, whereabouts, and other personal information to ourselves.
We can not afford to ignore this issue. This book will help us all understand what is at risk in the Digital Age, who the perpetrators are, what we can do about it, and how and why, to some extent, our privacy is already lost.
"As society struggles to understand how technology is impacting privacy, David Holtzman's ideas and vision continue to be central to the discussion. This book helps us understand what's at stake."
Andreas S. Weigend, former chief scientist, Amazon.com, and principal, Weigend Associates
"At a time when the Berlin Wall and Communism stood strong against the world and the Soviet Union tried to outpace the United States in an unprecedented arms race, a small group of select professionals performed the analysis required to combat the latest weapons technology and helped to bring an end to that cold war. I am proud to tell you that Dave Holtzman was a key member of that unique group who could never be openly recognized for what they did or how they did it."
Mark E. Clesh, National Security Agency, Defsmac Intel Director