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Privacy, Surveillance, and the New Media You

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Edward Lee Lamoureux

Very little in the American way of life functions adequately under surveillance.  Democracy itself may be at mortal risk due to the loss of privacy and the increase in surveillance.

Examining challenges in a wide range of contexts, this book investigates and critically examines our systems of data management, including the ways that data are collected, exchanged, analyzed, and re-purposed.

The volume calls for re-establishing personal privacy as a societal norm and priority, requiring action on the part of everyone at personal, societal, business, and governmental levels. Because new media products and services are professionally designed and implemented to be frictionless and highly rewarding, change is difficult and solutions are not easy. This volume provides insight into challenges and recommended solutions.

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Chapter 3: FIP 1: No Secret Data Collection

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FIP 1

No Secret Data Collection

We have no secrets/We tell each other most everything.

—“No Secrets,” Carly Simon

There must be no personal-data record-keeping systems whose very existence is secret.

—FIP 1, Records, Computers, and the Rights of Citizens

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word “secret” does not mean the absolute absence of knowledge about a given subject. The word’s definitions focus on purposive subterfuge to hide. Specifically, something that is secret is “kept hidden from others; known to only a few people” (“Secret” n.d.).

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