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Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Sada El Balad

Digital data collection and surveillance gets more pervasive and invasive by the day; but the best ways to protect yourself and your data are all steps you can take yourself. The devices we use to get just-in-time coupons، directions when we’re lost، and maintain connections with loved ones no matter how far away they are، also invade our privacy in ways we might not even be aware of. Our devices send and collect data about us whenever we use them، but that data is not safeguarded the way we assume it would be.

Privacy is complex and personal. Many of us do not know the full extent to which data is collected، stored، aggregated، and used. As recent revelations indicate، we are subject to a level of data collection and surveillance never before imaginable. While some of these methods may، in fact، protect us and provide us with information and services we deem to be helpful and desired، others can turn out to be insidious and over-arching.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data highlights the many positive outcomes of digital surveillance and data collection while also outlining those forms of data collection to which we may not consent، and of which we are likely unaware. Payton and Claypoole skillfully introduce readers to the many ways we are ‘watched،’ and how to adjust our behaviors and activities to recapture our privacy. The authors suggest the tools، behavior changes، and political actions we can take to regain data and identity security. Anyone who uses digital devices will want to read this book for its clear and no-nonsense approach to the world of big data and what it means for all of us.


Editorial Reviews
Former White House Chief Information Officer Payton and lawyer Claypoole، authors of Protecting Your Internet Identity، team up again to produce this quick and easy overview of data collection and its relevance in our everyday lives. The authors guide readers through the many ways our personal information is collected and used in today’s society. They are quick to point out the beneficial aspects of technological advancements in commercial، private، and government settings. However، any collection of personal data is susceptible to malicious use. The authors go on to elaborate on the everyday possibilities of hacking، wiretapping، and other big data strategies by marketers and cybercriminals. Most alarming are the implications of data mining for everyday citizens: cybercriminals can and will steal any information، through government or commercial enterprises. Payton and Claypoole provide practical tips and tools for protecting personal data throughout making this a perfect beginner’s guide for anyone looking to stay informed. (Publishers Weekly)

[Data] tracking can always be used by nefarious individuals or groups، but it is part of the way we live now. It is as though highways were also fraught with piracy. That’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with. This is the discussion of the era، and this book is smack in the middle of it. (Jon Stewart، The Daily Show)

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Reprint edition (April 16، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

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