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Internet Privacy - Fact or Fiction?

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 795-802 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8413)
Authors:   Thomas R. Hintz
Keywords:   Privacy, Internet

The Internet has become the preferred method for communications and information access and exchange. This use, however, has come at an expense that most users do not realize, a loss of privacy. In the early stages of Internet activity, users were almost anonymous. Today things are different. Anonymity is disappearing.

Browsing the Internet leaves a trail of your web site visits. Posting to Usenet News and your web pages may increase the receipt of mail Spam. Web site vendors are sharing information to build a user profile of their visitors. Have you been profiled? It is in your best interest to understand the problem and find out what can be done to eliminate or reduce this unwanted intrusion on your privacy.

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