The Digital Person

The Digital Person : Technology and Privacy in the Information Age

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Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, electronic databases are compiling information about you. As you surf the Internet, an unprecedented amount of your personal information is being recorded and preserved forever in the digital minds of computers. For each individual, these databases create a profile of activities, interests, and preferences used to investigate backgrounds, check credit, market products, and make a wide variety of decisions affecting our lives. The creation and use of these databases - which Daniel J. Solove calls "digital dossiers" - has thus far gone largely unchecked. In this startling account of new technologies for gathering and using personal data, Solove explains why digital dossiers pose a grave threat to our privacy. "The Digital Person" sets forth a new understanding of what privacy is, one that is appropriate for the new challenges of the Information Age. Solove recommends how the law can be reformed to simultaneously protect our privacy and allow us to enjoy the benefits of our increasingly digital world.

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  • Paperback | 283 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • New York University Press
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0814740375
  • 9780814740378
  • 499,843

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"Anyone concerned with preserving privacy against technology's growing intrusiveness will find this book enlightening." - Publishers Weekly "Solove... truly understands the intersection of law and technology. This book is a fascinating journey into the almost surreal ways personal information is hoarded, used, and abused in the digital age." - Wall Street Journal"

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About Daniel J. Solove

Daniel J. Solove is associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. He is the co-author of Information Privacy Law.

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