Technological advances have created a new existence, providing an unforeseen level of interaction and transaction between parties that have never physically met. Preliminary thinking was that these advances would create a previously unimaginable level of privacy and anonymity. While a surface examination suggests an abundance of privacy in modern society, a more thorough examination reveals different results. Advances in technology and changes in public policy have produced a world in which a startling amount of information is available regarding a given individual. Rather than experiencing an increase in individual privacy, modern societies suffer from rapidly decreasing individual privacy.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Electronic surveillance--Social aspects; Privacy, Right of--Effect of technological innovations on; Technological innovations--Government policy; Cyberspace--Social aspects; Data protection

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Department, Program, or Center

Information Sciences and Technologies (GCCIS)


William Stackpole

Advisor/Committee Member

Charles Border

Advisor/Committee Member

Ronil Hira


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TK7882.D2 S36 2006


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