Digital Privacy

Read about issues in digital privacy, such as mass surveillance, data brokers, and online scams with these staff picks. For practical tips and tools, view this guide

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The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

Kevin D. Mitnick
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Author Kevin Mitnick, the world's "most famous hacker," shares his knowledge on how vulnerabilities can be exploited and provides step-by-step instructions on password protection, smart Wi-Fi usage, and advanced techniques to maximize anonymity. Mitnick emphasizes that privacy is a power that should be valued in the age of Big Brother and Big Data.

Cyberspies: Inside the World of Hacking, Online Privacy, and Cyberterrorism

Michael Miller
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As the digital world grows, teens must be aware of threats to their online privacy and security. This book details forms of cyberspying, explores careers in cyberintelligence, and looks at various online threats.

Eyes & Spies: How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know

Tanya Lloyd Kyi
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This book looks at the way information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically about the issues. Topics relevant to children are included, such as being tracked at school, cyber bullying, and online safety.

The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age

Danielle Keats Citron
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Author Danielle Keats Citron, a civil rights advocate, highlights the disappearance of privacy in the 21st century, as technology becomes more intrusive into our lives. The author argues that privacy is a civil right, and citizens, lawmakers, and corporations can create a new reality where privacy is valued and people are protected. She urges readers to take back control of their data and build a better future for the digital generation.

The Hidden History of Big Brother in America: How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democracy

Thom Hartmann
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The author explores privacy and surveillance in government and the marketplace, highlighting their evolution over time. Hartmann discusses the rise of Big Brother and Thought Police types of government and highlights how these concepts can control and predict human behavior.

"I Have Nothing to Hide" : and 20 Other Myths about Surveillance and Privacy

Heidi Boghosian
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The author dispels widespread myths about mass surveillance, privacy, and autonomy in the digital age. Boghosian presents various myths about surveillance, including the belief that smart homes are safer, social media monitoring is not done by police, and there's no way to stop surveillance.

My Online Privacy for Seniors

Jason Rich
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This is an accessible guide to protecting your privacy while you take advantage of the extraordinary resources available to you through the internet and your mobile devices. It approaches every topic from a senior’s point of view, using meaningful examples, step-by-step tasks, large text, and a custom full-color interior designed for comfortable reading.

Online Scams

J.K. O'Sullivan
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This book examines the risks and benefits of using the internet today. Readers will learn the history of important online issues, the warning signs of common online dangers, and the ways in which they can get online safely and responsibly.

Pegasus: How a Spy in Your Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy

Laurent Richard
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Pegasus, a highly sought-after cyber-surveillance system, has been used to spy on numerous innocent individuals worldwide. The system can infect private cell phones without alerting the owner and can track daily movements, gain control of microphones and cameras, and capture all data. The author reports on this technology and its consequences for privacy, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech.

The Personal Digital Resilience Handbook : an Essential Guide to Safe, Secure and Robust Use of Everyday Technology

David Wild
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Wild provides a guide for making your technology "resilient," or reliable, secure, and under your control. The author covers computer and smartphone resiliency, digital file backup, and more. At the end of each chapter is a checklist to help you monitor your progress.

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

Carissa Véliz
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The author highlights the implications of our laid-back attitudes to data and outlines ways to reclaim control. She argues that we need new regulation, pressure policymakers for red lines on the data economy, and adopt privacy-friendly alternatives to online platforms.

Protect Your Data and Identity Online

A.R. Carser
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This book examines the risks and benefits of using the internet today. Readers will learn the history of important online issues, the warning signs of common online dangers, and the ways in which they can get online safely and responsibly.

The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement

Andrew G. Ferguson
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This book discusses the consequences of big data and algorithm-driven policing and its impact on law enforcement. The Rise of Big Data Policing is a must-read for anyone concerned with how technology will revolutionize law enforcement and its potential threat to the security, privacy, and the constitutional rights of citizens.

Seek and Hide: the Tangled History of the Right to Privacy

Amy Gajda
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Gajda presents a history of privacy and press freedom in America, beginning when these concepts first entered American law and society to the present day as security seems to be simultaneously under siege and surging. This is an urgent book for today's privacy wars, and essential reading on how the courts have—for centuries—often protected privileged men's rights at the cost of everyone else's.