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Privacy has always been an important value to Americans. The founding fathers valued it, and placed explicit protection of certain aspects of it in the Bill of Rights. But with the invasion of the internet, keeping privacy has become difficult, if not impossible. You have cookies collecting and storing data about you whenever you visit a site. You have browsers tracking the pages you visit. You have Google “scanning” your emails. You have “widgets” on sites that can see what sites you are visiting. The possibilities are endless for spying. There are ways to prevent this, such as deleting cookies and using anonymous browsers, although they are often difficult, and not foolproof. Thinking of the internet as a private venture is dangerous because online companies store, and can share, sensitive information about you; hackers and others, if they have the knowledge, can steal this personal information stored online; and if you think the internet is private, you are more likely to share personal information that you would rather others not knowing.
Whether you know it …