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Imagine That....                            by Dr. Roz Seymour

Imagine any person coming up to you and boasting that they have a precise list of the books, videos, and articles of clothing you bought last month online.

Imagine a stalker or other nut knowing your street address and telephone number, the restaurants you frequent, and your vacation plans.

Imagine a defrauder knowing your Social Security number, bankcard numbers, date and place of birth, and five favorite passwords.

Anyone willing to spend a few bucks and a little time on the Internet can find out all of this and more, about you.

The information age brings with it a revolution in surveillance that makes Gestapo intelligence-gathering seem puny and inefficient by comparison (Sheer, R. (Oct., 2000). Nowhere to hide. Yahoo! Internet Life, 100.)