The purpose of this paper is to describe how technology, in libraries in the USA, erodes privacy on a number of levels. It aims to use examples to point out directly how and where the privacy issue can impact on daily lives.
The literature review encompassed many articles and books on the issues of privacy and anonymity, and the effects of sometimes invisible data leaks.
There were complex issues dealing with vendors and hackers accessing private information and subsequent use of the private data collected.
Only small indicators of the overall problem have been seen. Much more has to be investigated and learned.
Those who agree with this point of view substantiated by research can learn to protect themselves more effectively when “online.”
Although much has been written about the problem, few articles offer concrete solutions to the problems.
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