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88 Privacy Breaches to Beware Of by Lyn Boxall, William Hioe, Kevin Shepherdson

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illustration 28 Anonymising personal data – but is the individual really not identifiable?

At an unidentified beach resort somewhere, two friends are lazing by the beach and debating the affairs of the world. The conversation soon turns to the concept of anonymity…

A: Why do people want to be anonymous?

B: So that others will not know their true identities.

A: Whatever for?

B: So they can hide under a cloak of secrecy to say and do things that society or the government might not approve of them saying or doing.

A: Such as?

B: You may have heard of the “Anonymous” group of “hacktivists” who hack into government, religious and corporate websites, defacing them ...

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