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How Personal & Internet Security Work by Preston Gralla

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Chapter 28. The Federal Government, Privacy, and Electronic Surveillance

The Federal Government, Privacy, and Electronic Surveillance

Much is made about the dangers to your privacy from hackers, identity thieves, and businesses. But the greatest danger to your privacy comes not from any of them, but instead from the federal government and its massive bureaucracies and intelligence and law enforcement bureaus. From the moment you are born until the moment you die, the federal government gathers information about you.

Much of this information is required for you to get services—you must pay taxes, you may get benefits such as Social Security or student loans, and so on.

In addition to this kind of information, ...

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