Internet security expert Steve Gibson says that "the use of the internet is not as anonymous in fact as it appears to be in practice." In a web conversation with Larry Magid, Gibson explains how internet anonymity is generally a myth, but that it takes a lot of effort and usually a court order to get real life personal information about people based on their surfing history.
This podcast from IT Conversations focuses particularly on Google and the information about individual users that Google collects. Gibson does point out, however, that modern life is full of opportunities for governments and others to collect and aggregate personal information without even looking at the internet.
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