New Book Guides Consumers Through Today's Privacy Challenges

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"Privacy Panic - How to Avoid Identity Theft, Stop Spam and Take Control of Your Personal Privacy" argues that our best weapons against invasions of privacy are knowledge of the issues and action to protect ourselves.

A new book by author Paul Buta brings the complex trends in privacy into focus for daily life.

Privacy Panic introduces the history of privacy, from concerns of early settlers in the United States to shopping carts that track our paths through grocery stores. It then moves to practical advice on how to manage our relationships with businesses and the government so we can feel secure about their use of our personal information.

Almost three quarters of the general public feel that they have "lost all control" over the security of their personal information. As a result, panicked consumers make risky medical decisions, poor financial choices and miss online opportunities because of privacy concerns.

Instead of becoming distrustful of doing business, Privacy Panic teaches the facts. and explains how today's consumer must be aware of a few simple but important facts regarding privacy. To make informed decisions, people need to ask:

  • Where is my information is going?
  • What kind of a company or government agency is asking for my information?
  • How will my personal information be stored?
  • What security features are in place to protect me?
  • Who has access to my information?
  • What can I do if I change my mind?

The threat of identity theft is very real, but paranoia and misinformation don't have to lead us to live in fear. Lessons we can learn and steps we can take will protect ourselves from malicious intent, whether online or in day-to-day life. Safely conducting our affairs while maintaining our personal privacy is within our control. Privacy Panic shows us how.

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