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This engaging book explores the hidden niches of American history to discover the tug between Americans' yearning for privacy and their insatiable curiosity. It includes histories of wiretapping, credit reporting, sexual practices, Social Security numbers and ID cards, modern principles of privacy protection, and the coming of the Internet and the new challenges to personal privacy it brings.

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About Robert Ellis Smith

Publisher of the consumer-oriented Privacy Journal newsletter since 1974; author of a 2004 acclaimed account of privacy in American history, a collection of all state and federal privacy laws, a directory of privacy professionals, and several other books and eBooks on privacy and surveillance. Author and journalist, based in Providence RI.

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