Discusses how the right to privacy is compromised in the electronic age by corporations and governments monitoring online activity, and offers advice for safeguarding one's privacy
Do you have a private life? If you think you do, you may have to think again. The World Wide Web poses a threat to the personal privacy and rights of all of us-whether or not we use a computer. Even our most intimate moments are vulnerable-hidden "webcams" broadcast from public toilets and changing rooms to Internet pay sites, catering to the dubious needs of "cyber-voyeurs." Net Spies: Who's Watching You on the Web? focuses on how personal information can find its way onto the networks, often without the knowledge or consent of the individuals involved. Gauntlett shows how the Internet is a double-edged sword, offering untold benefits yet also posing dangers that have yet to be addressed by companies, the media, or governments. Written in an accessible style tailored to the general reader and Internet aficionados alike, including a comprehensive glossary of "netspeak," Gauntlett examines how this leakage occurs, who is putting private information on the net, as well as who can and does access it. He also suggests practical ways in which individuals can safeguard their privacy in the "information age."