Credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and account number are among the most common types of personal information concerns. There are web sites that offer fact-finding or person-hunting links, for a price of course. These sites are set-up to assist people in finding out some of the most private things about a person.
An article in the Austin American-Statesman revealed how easy it is to find out the 'good stuff' on a person. For a small fee of $35, tap into a number of computer databases and find: birth date, any or all addresses of residency, phone numbers(including unlisted), Social Security number, spouse's name, children's names, debts, tax liens, civil lawsuits, the list can go on and on. It is scary to think that everyone out there has a personal file filled with hundreds of 'files' just on them. The availability of all this information for a small fee doesn't seem to make the private citizens feel comfortable.
The new network of computers in offices now provide constant monitoring of employee actions. Employers no longer need to walk around the office to see if all are being productive, it can be monitored from the computer terminal at his/her desk. Technology has made it possible to monitor through telephones, computer terminals and through e-mail and voice mail. There are not any laws that actually prohibit this type of monitoring. This means that an employer can read, listen and watch any communications made by their employee. Most of this happens without any employee knowledge.
The privacy issue and regulation issues are a non-stop debate. The government does not want to give up the right to know everything about everyone, and everyone wants to have their own private information. With these issues comes little compromise.
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