The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age

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Government
Information Gathering

Thus far, I have discussed how personal information is being more readily collected, stored, transferred, and combined with other information. Part I of this book discussed the problems of information flow among various businesses, and part II focused on information flows from the government to the private sector. But there is another problematic type of information flow that is rapidly escalating—data transfers from the private sector to the government. The vast digital dossiers being constructed by businesses are becoming an increasingly desirable resource for law enforcement officials. And this threatens to transform the relationship between government and citizen in some very troubling ways.


Third Party Records and the Government

Earlier in this book, I described the extensive amount of information that companies are stockpiling about us. To live in the modern world, we must enter into numerous relationships with other people and businesses: doctors, lawyers, businesses, merchants, magazines,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • I - Computer Databases 11
  • 2: The Rise of the Digital Dossier 13
  • 3: Kafka and Orwell 27
  • 4: The Problems of Information Privacy Law 56
  • 5: The Limits of Market-Based Solutions 76
  • 6: Architecture and the Protection of Privacy 93
  • II - Public Records 125
  • 7: The Problem of Public Records 127
  • 8: Access and Aggregation Rethinking Privacy and Transparency 140
  • III - Government Access 163
  • 9: Government Information Gathering 165
  • 10: The Fourth Amendment, Records, and Privacy 188
  • 11: Reconstructing the Architecture 210
  • 12: Conclusion 223
  • Notes 229
  • Index 267
  • About the Author 283
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