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ISBN13: 9780195307832
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We are all accustomed to privacy horror stories, like identity theft, where stored personal data gets misdirected for criminal purposes. But we should worry less about the illegal uses of personal data, James B. Rule argues, and worry a lot more about the perfectly legal uses of our data by the government and private industry, uses which are far more widespread and far more dangerous to our interests than we'd ever suspect.

This provocative book takes readers on a probing, far-reaching tour of the erosion of privacy in American society, showing that we are often unwitting accomplices, providing personal data in exchange for security or convenience. The author reveals that in today's "information society," the personal data that we make available to virtually any organization for virtually any purpose is apt to surface elsewhere, applied to utterly different purposes. The mass collection and processing of personal information produces such tremendous efficiencies that both the public and private sector feel justified in pushing as far as they can into our private lives. And there is no easy cure. Indeed, there are many cases where privacy invasion is both hurtful to the individual and indispensable to an organization's quest for efficiency. Unrestricted snooping into citizens' personal finances really does boost the profitability of the consumer credit industry. Insurance companies really can and do make more money by using intimate private data to decide whom to insure, and what to charge. And as long as we willingly accept the pursuit of profit, or the reduction of crime, or cutting government costs as sufficient reason for intensified scrutiny over private citizens' lives, then privacy values will remain endangered.

Rule offers no simple answers to this modern conundrum. Rather, he provides a sophisticated and often troubling account that promises to fundamentally alter the privacy debate.

About the Author

James B. Rule is Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. A former fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, he is the author of Private Lives and Public Surveillance, a winner of the C. Wright Mills Award. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, and The New York Times Book Review.

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uncleknubs, December 29, 2007 (view all comments by uncleknubs)
As our country has progressed it has become increasingly despised by foreign entities.
Our Government has created an imperial presence
in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Because of this hatred from outside entities,
in order to survive, we need to
clamp down on a great amount of our freedoms or
close our borders and pull our noses out of the
rest of the worlds business.
Which one do you believe will happen?
Our Government has systematically been leading us down a path to our own
"Big Brother" scenario, slowly allowing more violations on the bill of rights to happen without regard to privacy laws.
The main goal of our Government IMO is to create a country that has a paperless monetary system 'No paper or coin money' and one that is all inclusive.
We have slowly went to credit cards and debit cards for a large percentage of our purchasing.
We have a medical card and a social security card and so on. It will not be a large move to combine all this information into one ‘National ID’ card that acts as a medical card, social security card, debit card and so on; one card for all our information, medically, financially, criminally, or otherwise
"And no one shall buy or sell without the number of the beast"
No I'm not getting into all of that, but you get my idea.
It will not be long before we are under a scrutiny and power that will not allow for any real privacy or much individuality.
One world order can't be far behind that.
The problem is who controls the monster?
How can we keep our bill of rights intact?
I say we can’t stop it because the average person just wants to get on with life and does not want to put their necks on the line or be bothered as long as they are comfortable.
By the time everyone realizes what has happened from this type of complacency it will be too late and we will be living with no limits to Government intrusion into all things personal and private. Didn’t we break from a very similar way of life back in the 1700’s?
How was that accomplished? I think what is coming in the near future will be far worse than that because it will be technologically controlled and it will have farther reaching tentacles that will make it near impossible to live outside it.
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How We are Sacrificing a Fundamental Right in Exchange for Security and Convenience
Oxford University Press
Rule, James B.
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Sociology - General
Sociology | Law
Political Freedom & Security - General
Sociology | Law and Society
Privacy, right of
United states
Privacy, Right of -- United States.
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Sociology | Law & Society
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