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Opinion: The Threats of Data Mining

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

June 11, 2010

With technological developments making data gathering more efficient, "privacy and personal liberty are under constant assault." That's according to an editorial published Thursday in Adelaide Now. Governments, law enforcement officials and corporations can now "track all kinds of details about our daily lives...via our mobile phones, credit cards, and hundreds--heading towards thousands--of closed-circuit TV cameras," the editorial notes. While information technology can benefit consumers when used properly, the editors caution that such moves as government databases to gather information are sure to raise privacy concerns, adding, "These concerns must be addressed."
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