A byproduct of improved information technology has
been a loss of privacy. Personal information that was
once confined to dusty archives can now be readily
obtained from proprietary data services, or it may be
freely available (and, as Facebook users know, often
voluntarily provided and accessible) through the Internet.
While the increased collection and dissemination of personal
data have undoubtedly provided economic benefits,
they have also diminished people’s sense of privacy
and, in some cases, given rise to new types of crime.