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Chapter 10. The privacy debate > The privacy debate

10.2. The privacy debate

The debate over privacy isn’t a recent one, but the digital revolution has stoked the fire of controversy and caused heated social, economic, and political discussions around the globe. In this section, we’ll look at what makes privacy controversial and what privacy threats exist today. We’ll consider concerns over relatively new push technologies that send information to mobile users automatically by detecting their exact location. We’ll also look at how placing control back in the hands of users through the opt-in concept can be an effective way of overcoming controversy.

Questions (many of which remain unanswered) surrounding privacy abound, and there’s such a myriad of conflicting interests that the debate continues to grow unchecked:


  

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