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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Information is Power: Tips for the Unwary


THE DIGITAL AGE BRINGS benefits as well as dangers. To maximize the former and avoid the latter, here are some things to consider:

  • Pay cash for transactions you would prefer to remain off-the-record.
  • Be wary of surveys and registration forms (online or in print) that request more information than you think is necessary. Ask the company soliciting information to explain why it needs the data.
  • Demand to see your personal data files if you believe they contain incorrect or outdated information. In some countries, companies are legally required to fulfill your request.
  • Read the fine print: companies should say whether they may release your information to others. Decide if you want the details circulated. Remember that if you say you don't want the data shared or sold, you may miss out on mailings you are interested in.
  • Don't hang up on irritating telemarketers. Tell them you would like your name removed from their list -- it saves you the annoyance of answering future calls and them and others the trouble of calling you. Be just as frank with companies that send unsolicited commercial mailings.
  • Ask organizations that hold sensitive information, such as hospitals or credit-card companies, how they keep your data secure. Some good signs: controlled access to records and principles of confidentiality.
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