Google and Privacy Issues

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 4, 2003

This Boston Globe Magazine article focuses on the ability of Google’s search technology to link researchers to extensive personal data on individuals who have no reasonable expectation of such data remaining private. Googling someone has become routine for many searchers, and the more thorough the research, the greater the potential to locate and disseminate personal data that may or may not be accurate, and when taken out of context, may do real damage. In light of our growing national awareness of privacy issues, it is worthwhile to note that huge databases of personal data have been available to the public for quite some time, and as the article states, “Google has quietly but unmistakably changed our expectations about what we can know about one another.”

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