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The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age

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Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, electronic databases are compiling information about you. As you surf the Internet, an unprecedented amount of your personal information is being recorded and preserved forever in the digital minds of computers. For each individual, these databases create a profile of activities, interests, and preferences used to investigate ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by New York University Press (first published 2004)
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Tommy /|\
Dec 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Solove does an excellent job in the first chapter of this book, outlining the dangers of online digital information. Written in 2004, its still a relevant read even in today's modern internet environment. In the first chapter, Solove tears down the metaphor of Big Brother from Orwell's 1984, and showcases how the government is not the true problem with the hoarding and abuse of data - its big business. But after the first chapter, Solove essentially spends the rest of the book containing to bash ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, non-fiction, law
I read an article on The Atlantic that mentioned this book in the context of 1984's rising sales in the face of the NSA phone-taping email-monitoring scandal. The article mentioned this book's discussion on how the privacy breaches that we are facing today are incorrectly framed as Orwellian when they are in fact closer to those encountered in Kafka's The Trial. This interested me enough to pick up the book though it's American and 10 years old (not that I have anything against reading about ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good argument/proposal for how to legislate privacy and data collection in the information age. I particularly liked Solove's extension of metaphor. In addition to considering the "Big Brother" effect on privacy, Solove also addresses the "Joseph K." effect on privacy as more salient to several use cases. (See Kafka's "The Trial.")

The bright side here was around the ways privacy as a legal concept has been developed through legislation through the years. This gives me some hope that it's
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for anyone interested in policies around privacy especially in cyber space. This is a complex topic that involves people's perceptions, economics, public policy, and legal code as well.

The only reason I am not giving Solove's book a 5 is that I think parts of it seemed repetitive.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I'm mad I paid 20 bucks for this wtf. I thought it was going to have a lot of crazy stories regarding people's private info being released somewhere or something. It was a bunch of stuff about databases and how they're designed to hoard a bunch of your info and how to make it better. Didn't like it.
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Solove does a good job of describing the privacy concerns facing individuals in the current information age and presenting well-reasoned solutions for what society can do to continue to enjoy privacy protection.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fascinating stuff, but unfortunately a good bit of the material is dated as soon as it's printed.
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Daniel J. Solove is associate professor, George Washington University Law School, and an internationally known expert in privacy law. He is frequently interviewed and featured in media broadcasts and articles. He lives in Washington, D.C., and blogs at the popular law blog