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The Bottom Line Volume 34, No.3, August 2013

MCLE Self-Study Article: "Naked Online", an Excerpt from the Book "Protecting Your Internet Security"

By Ted Claypoole, Esq.

We are all born naked.

We emerge into this world with nothing to hide. But we are born into a complex human society, and it soon forces us to cloak ourselves in secrets. We choose to hide many aspects of ourselves from the world. Finances and romances, opinions and frustrations, imperfections and bad habits are all sensitive personal information. We can find as many reasons to keep personal information private as there are people protecting their privacy. The longer our lives, the more private information we accumulate.

Today the Internet threatens to strip us bare. By broadcasting many of our most sensitive and important secrets, and keeping that information available and searchable indefinitely, the Internet displays aspects of our lives that we thought we’d kept private. Even worse, the Internet allows other people to collect facts about us and to aggregate those facts into a picture of our identities and our lives.

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