Invasion Of Privacy
How You're Spied On
Everyday events that can make your life a little less private
Every time you use an automated teller, the bank records the
time, date and location of your transaction.
If you use your company health insurance to purchase drugs, your
employer may have access to the details.
Employee ID Scanners
If you rely on a magnetic-stripe pass to enter the office, your
whereabouts are automatically recorded.
Browsing On The Web
Many sites tag visitors with "magic cookies" that record what
you're looking at and when you have been surfing.
Your calls can be intercepted and your access numbers cribbed by
eavesdroppers with police scanners.
Everything you charge is in a database that police, among
others, could look at.
Registering To Vote
In most states, voter-registration records are public and
online. They typically list your address and birth date.
Making A Phone Call
The phone company doesn't need a court order to note the number
you're calling--or who's calling you.
Many grocery stores let you register for discount coupons that
are used to track what you purchase.
These are bonanzas for marketers. Every time you enter one, you
add an electronic brushstroke to your digital portrait.
Commercial satellites are coming online that are eagle-eyed
enough to spot you--and maybe a companion--in a hot tub.
In many places, drivers can pay tolls electronically with passes
that tip off your whereabouts.
they're in banks, federal office buildings, 7-Elevens, even
houses of worship; New Yorkers are on camera up to 20 times a day.
Many companies, including mail-order houses and publishers, sell
lists of their customers. Why do you think you're getting that
Victoria's Secret catalog?
In offices, E-mail is considered part of your work. Your employer
is allowed to read it--and many bosses do.