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The Rise of the Digital Dossier November 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — michellemcmanus @ 4:06 am

In this chapter , Solove talks about how websites use cookies , information sharing , web bugs and digital rights management to show how websites collect your information . He also talks about how the websites not only use them to collect information but they use them to store your information and share your information with other websites .This information allows websites to learn what the user likes so that they can target advertisements for that user. Even though is could be a could thing for the websites , this is taking away people’s privacy .

Solove says “A cookie is a small text file of codes that is deployed into the user’s compter when she downloads a web page .”  This means that when you use the internet on the computer , the cookie remembers the history of internet activity. This is because the website saves a unique identification code into the cookie . He also explains that cookies have limits . The limits are that cookies are tagged only to particular computers and not particular users except if the website requires you  to log into it and that cookies can only be stored  by websites placed on the computer and not by other websites.

Information sharing is where one website will share all of somebody’s information with other website without the person knowing. To explain what information sharing is , he uses DoubleClick as an example. He says “When a person visits a website , it often takes a quick detour to DoubleClick . DoubleClick accesses its cookie on the person’s computer and looks up its profile about the person. ….” He then talks about how DoubleClick uses that information in order to determine what type of advertisements the person would be the responsive to. He then says that it happens so fast that the person doesn’t even know .

Web bug is ” a hidden snippet of code that can gather data about a person.” Web bugs can be embedded in web pages and emails (spam). Along with this web bugs can also collect information when a person is exploring a website and some can even collect information from the person’s computer files . Most people know what web bugs are and understand the damage that can be done from web bugs so they try to stay away from them.

Digital Rights Management is collects information about people as they use the internet for media type things like music. Digital Rights Management is used to prevent privacy and is used by copyright holders. Solove says “DRM technologies thus ‘create records of intellectual exploration , one of the most personal and private of activities’ “.  They use DRM in order to identify the people who are illegally downloading things.

The collection mechanisms concern me because nothing is private anymore and people can get all types of information about others. People are using the internet for everything now and these mechanisms allow it to be easy for people to get information about practically anyone and everyone .

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