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    CNN: In digital world, we trade privacy for convenience

    CNN reports on the issue of privacy in an increasingly online and interconnected world:

    The digital revolution has changed the way the current generation carries out everyday tasks. But some say that convenience has come at the price of your privacy.

    Your personal interests and where you shop is valuable data for companies that want to effectively target their direct marketing. And it’s not just a matter of companies recording your IP addresses and credit card swipes.

    “Almost anything you do in today’s society involves leaving a track,” said Doug Klunder of the American Civil Liberties Union. He’s the director of the ACLU of Washington’s Privacy Project.

    As you go about your daily routine, you inadvertently share more data than you realize. […]

    And that can put your personal information at a higher risk. Last year, more than 11 million U.S. consumers were victims of identity theft, according to an annual survey released last month by Javelin Strategy and Research. It found that the No. 1 targets are people 18 to 24. […]

    “The average American finds a very healthy acceptable balance between privacy and convenience, they give up some privacy and get a lot of convenience,” said [private investigator Steve Rambam], who regularly gives a talk at conferences titled, “Privacy is Dead: Get Over It!” […]

    But is it possible for someone who truly wanted to go off the grid to avoid leaving any tracks? Frank Ahearn helps people who are desperate enough do just that.

    “I teach people how to disappear,” Ahearn explained. For more than 20 years, Ahearn was a skip tracer; his job was to track down people who had skipped town. Then he realized there was opportunity in aiding people who didn’t want to be found. […]

    One of the people Ahearn said he helped disappear was a female attorney being threatened by a client who blamed her when he lost his case in court.

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