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I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

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Social networks, the defining cultural movement of our time, offer many freedoms. But as we work and shop and date over the Web, we are opening ourselves up to intrusive privacy violations by employers, the police, and aggressive data collection companies that sell our information to any and all takers.

Through groundbreaking research, Andrews reveals how routinely college
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Published January 10th 2012 by Free Press
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This book is written by an attorney, which places it in the dry and wordy category. However, the information is important enough that it's worth the slog. I scanned much of it that doesn't apply to me, and am gladder than ever that I never joined Facebook and don't share much personal info on the internet. BUT -- "they" can collect info from your most private communications online. Even your e-mails, which we all tend to think are sacrosanct.

VERDICT: Every internet user needs to read this book,
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Aubrey
Mar 18, 2012 Aubrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Internet Users
If you use the internet then this book is a must read. If you are a member of Facebook then this is an absolute must read. If you still won't read it then maybe my review will give you a glimpse of what you should know.

The truth can be scary and most people rather treat the truth as "out of sight out of mind" and not take the time to be informed. But this book proves the repercussions of such a thought process. This book is also the epitome of why I deleted my Facebook account some time back an
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Jena Anderson
If you are looking for a book that is written in any form other than dry this is not the book for you. This book is written by Lori Andrews who is not only an author, but also a lawyer. She makes this book interesting with the various points she brings up, overall it is an easy read. I chose to read this book because I have always heard about how much of your privacy is destroyed by the things we post on Facebook and the various other websites. This book not only covers how our privacy is destro ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
A disturbing book with a general overview of your privacy online (you have none). This book is full of horror stories of people putting stuff online and it coming back to bite them. From cookies that trace every web search you make back to you. Having your credit rating destroyed by your online life, being denied a job because of your posts, to going to jail because of evidence online. This book puts a light on to something everyone who uses the internet would rather not think about. It makes f ...more
Judith
I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Media and the Death of Privacy by Lori Andrews will tell you who many social media users are and what many of them did, particularly when Facebook removed privacy controls causing posts intended to be shared with friends to be seen by “friends of friends,” and personal descriptions to be seen by “liked” products and services. As Andrews points out, even members who are willing to work at maintaining their own privacy controls are discouraged by t ...more
Amy
This book is about more than Facebook. I'm really surprised about all the data aggregation stuff. There's no blocking, no opting out . . . you can't hire someone to remove things for you from the web, can't sue, can't get a bill through Congress. And, even just to mess with the aggregators' data, you can't pretend to be someone else b/c the they really do know who you are.

Part of me thinks, who cares, it's been happening for years, and maybe that's the trade-off for free access to sites. Worryin
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Jennifer
Is the information that we put out onto the internet and social media really private or can anyone see it? That is what is discussed in Lori Andrews book, “I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did.” The intended audience for this book is anyone who has social media and posts on it. It is to inform these people of what can really happen to the picture or post that is posted online and who is going to see that information. There is no such thing as privacy on the internet. There may be privacy s ...more
La-Plume
Anybody who has or has not used social networks should read this book in order to be more cautious about which kind of information, comments or photos they post on the Internet.

As a European citizen, I feel more protected from the kind of abusive collecting of data Americans are subjected to, yet I do feel the right to be forgotten is difficult to apply on the web even in the EU. I remember an instance when some years ago I used a bogus e-mail address to register on Facebook. More than 6 years a
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Gosunflowers
skimmed the book, but basically am convinced that there is no such thing as privacy any more (cue sad and dooming music now).
Tiffany Davis
And yes, I get the irony of posting this on a social network.
Beth
After reading this, I bet Goodreads is collecting data on me, in addition to data already collected on me by Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc. This book is a scary read on how you don't control the online version of yourself that companies collect and sell to advertisers or other companies. Social media can be used against you (whether data is true or not!) by college admissions, employers, repressive governments like Iran (if you had relatives there they could be endangered, for e ...more
Alexandria
I purchased this book on a whim & I'm glad I did. It lays out the problem of privacy on the web from different angles (work, relationships, law etc.) and backs up each scenario with real stories & events that have come to pass in the last few years related to internet privacy & rights. Andrews' puts forth the need for a Social Network Constitution.

While I did enjoy almost everything about this book, I did, however, feel a little underminded by the constant redirection back to her SNC
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Seakat
The title sounds like a revenge/murder mystery, right? Well, that would probably have been a less disturbing read, all things considered.

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did explores in meticulous detail the differences between privacy approaches “in real life” (IRL) versus online. Her subhead, “Social Networks and the Death of Privacy” is somewhat misleading (or perhaps incorrectly limiting) as Andrews covers privacy concerns affecting online behaviors including internet searches, emails,
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Victoria
OMG.
If this book were transferred into fiction, it would be classified in the horror genre (or at least a cyber-thriller). The author is a law professor, but she doesn't cloud the info with too much legal mumbo jumbo. She clearly knows what she is talking about - but even if half the stuff is exaggerated, it is enough to give you pause. I can't honestly say I understood all the techno info, but I did grasp the main points and it was a quick, gripping read for me.

She makes a passionate and convi
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Katrina V.
So, this was pretty good. Definitely scary and eye-opening about online privacy. But gosh did that author hammer home her agenda about creating a Social Networking Constitution, which I'm not saying is a bad idea, but at the end of every single chapter she'd make some reference like "When we write our Social Networking Constitution, let's be sure to include [insert whatever she talked about in that chapter.] It drove me totally crazy and I wished throughout the book that she had just created a c ...more
Billy Wiggins
Enlightening and infuriating, but ultimately a fascinating read. Andrews does a nice job of laying out the ways society is incorrectly dealing with social network privacy issues, and builds the book around proposals for a Social Network Constitution.

The enlightening part of the book is in learning the many ways that data-aggregating companies will troll for, purchase, and abuse a person's data. Most of us know this is done on some level, but to have it laid out specifically in black and white, y
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Chad Kohalyk
This book does not start off well, since the author does not have a very good grasp of the technology. The cases she presents early in the book are familiar, but are described without nuance and with the FUD turned up to 11. I almost quit reading, I was so frustrated. I question her definition of a "website" and "social media" (neither of which she gives a clear definition in the text, though obviously there is a difference in her mind). Furthermore, she thinks that everyone has two distinct liv ...more
Nancy
Yup - everything about the death of privacy is true - it's a scary time out there. Just reading about Facebook's ever changing rules on privacy makes you realize they are not there for the user but strictly for the third party data miners.

Steve Jobs on his kid's using IPads: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” http://business.financialpost.com/201...
Toni Chanakas
I was so excited to read this subject matter that might not have been addressed before. I became educated how these "aggregators" focus on your online self, and how we see ads and news based on our interests.

I was particularly interested in the chapter about how potential jurors research and post things on facebook that taints their duty as a juror.

What I came away from the book is be careful what you put online; it is for the world to see. Besides, there is no such thing as "privacy" settings
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Jon
This isn't a bad book. It's good if you need to scare a literate oversharer off of the internet.

The format is:
Spoons are dangerous. From gagging on them in the 1980s until today, spoons have been the hiden menace. Hidden in plain sight.

In 2003, while camping in Wampatuck state park, Jim Jones fell onto one after a night of heavy drinking. The remains of his eye was surgically removed.

In 2006, 210 inmates rose up and took control of Mockamock Federal Penitentiary. Their weapon of choice? Common p
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Daven
A remarkably eye-opening investigation of what we've collectively given up in the face of social networking and the internet in general. Andrews is not an alarmist; rather, she is methodical and rational in her call for a "social network constitution". Having read the litany of episodes where individuals have lost jobs, custody of children, reputations, privacy, and in some cases, lives, most of me wants to shut down, disconnect, deactivate. (But, as I learned, even erasing oneself from the cybe ...more
Carrie Shaurette
The main agenda behind this book is the push for much needed legislation surrounding what can/can't be done with online information. Although I am relatively savvy when it comes to protecting my privacy online, parts of this book really unnerved me. Not only are companies collecting and selling personal data without permission, they are not being held accountable for providing accurate information. The judicial system is all over the map with what online material they will allow in the courtroom ...more
Frank Strona
I first read this and now assign it to my students. While some reviews felt it dry - I rather liked the way its laid out and the way it offers up content that begs to be discussed in forums and in dialogues. A must read for folks unsure of the net and privacy issues
Elizabeth Zander
A bit of a slog but this is an informative book about the negative implications of sharing personal information via social media and how that information is being tracked. It didn't have a wow factor for me because I've read related articles. Four stars because the author has written a fairly interesting book about important information we should all be aware of, and I support her idea of a Constitution for Web Privacy. Her point is simply that in the darkness of Fascism (government for corporat ...more
Sandy
I'm reasonably paranoid about the info I post online, but found out a lot more reading this about the info that's available whether I choose to post personal info about myself or not - not to mention the sneaky ways that cookies, etc. get placed on my computer by 3d parties when I visit sites I would have considered innocuous - like dictionary.com!

This book is frightening, particularly when reading about the various court decisions that are just all over the place and don't have any sort of comp
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Bonni
This book was recommended to Dave and I by a local law school dean, when we expressed an interest in reading about privacy and the law. It did not disappoint. Andrews sets out to explain the key issues that have emerged in privacy with the birth and subsequent growth of social networks. She regularly articulates both sides of an argument and gives examples of where privacy protections are lacking and where they have gone too far. The final piece of the book is her recommendation for what should ...more
Tracy
I think I realized before reading this book that everything that we do on the internet and on our computers could be traced or tracked, but I definitely did not realize to what extent. The combination of web beacons, cookies, and data aggregation makes it hard to protect our digital selves. The book is full of stunning examples of privacy invasion easily gathered from the web – it especially hit home when one of my old architecture professors was profiled in the book. A recommended read if you u ...more
Mark
This is an excellent overview of the issues involved with privacy and the internet in general and social networks in particular. Lots of real-life examples help make this an interesting read. She covers the issue from a wide variety of angles, and in the end suggests the outline of an Internet Bill of Rights. In the meantime, the takeaway is: everyone should understand that EVERYTHING they post online not only CAN be, but IS viewed, used, and sold widely across the net.
Michelle
This book looks at the legal aspects of social networks and how they infringe on privacy and other rights. It shows that privacy is rare and many sights embed beacons and cookies on your computer. It also discusses how scattershot legal ruling are and that legislation lags behind technology. If anything corporate interests are considered before an individual's rights. Very thought provoking. It made me download ghostery, which also may still sell my info.
DebiReads
Informative? Yes.
Disturbing? Yes.
Solutions offered? Suggestions unlikely to take hold.

This is a quick skim with true scenarios that are likely to enrage readers. The final 50 pages are acknowledgements, citations, notes, and an index, so it really is a slim volume.

On a personal note, this book adds to my love and hatred for social media and other internet activites. I wish there were methods to assure true and utter privacy.
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Lori Andrews is a law professor, a public interest lawyer and mystery novelist. She’s taught at Princeton, written for a television legal drama, and advised governments around the world about emerging technologies. Now she’s focusing on how social networks are changing our lives, for good and for ill.

Lori started her consumer activism when she was seven and her Ken doll went bald. Her letter to M
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