Annotated Bibliography: Internet Privacy Issues


 CBSNEWS. (2011). Did the internet kill privacy? Online video clip. CBSNEWS official

 site.Web. 2nd Nov 2015. <>

 This video by CBS is a feature story on the plight of privacy on the internet. It is brought out as a feature story documenting how Payne, a public high school English teacher from Georgia was forced to resign from her job as a teacher because of the images she posted on her Facebook. Her timeline featured images of her holding a mug of beer and several other similar images. What surprised her the most was the fact that she had already made her Facebook account private. Currently, she is fighting to get her job back citing some invasion of her private life unfairly used to force her out of her job. The video also gives an insight of how data mining has become a fast growing industry. Companies are selling personal data to companies so that they can specifically target their desired market using the information. It shows how data is mined despite people thinking that they have set their online activities to private. This article is particularly important to my topic since it clearly shows that the internet is never private. It also shows some of the repercussions of posting about our life on the internet.


 Libert, Timothy. (2015). Privacy implications of health information seeking on the web.

 Communications of ACM. 58.3, 68- 77. Web. 2 Nov 2015

 This article by Libert shows how private health information about patients and health information seekers is turned into property by companies. This information is used or traded to other companies to get to some people or discriminate against some people. The article gives some useful statistics to back up its claim, citing studies and practical experiments by the author. He notes how over 90% of people receive requests to third parties outside the health related web pages. Also some of the urls return specific information based on customers symptoms, diseases, and treatments. The author reveals that people who visit health websites risks having their health interests being identified. The article will be useful as it also shows how the internet lacks privacy, citing a sensitive industry, the health industry. It will be helpful to compare with the social media industry from the video. It also discusses some policies and legal protections, noting that they have a weak effect on protection of private information on the internet.

 Stein, Joel. (10 March 2011). Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You? Time Magazine. Web. 3 Nov 2015.

 This article by Joel Stein was published in the Time magazine online on March 10th 2011. Stein lengthily discusses data mining. The article reveals how companies extract useful information about people, who they are, what they do, whom one loves among other personal information. Stein makes himself a case study and finds out what information several data mining companies have about him. The information he gets varies from company to company. Citing experts in the topic, he notes that what is really dangerous is these companies selling the wrong information about you, or having their companies hacked and the data falls into the wrong hands or misrepresents you. The article also highlights some legal steps being taken towards data protection. He notes a bill by Senator John Kerry meant to allow people see what the companies have about them, and also ensure they have enough security measures to protect the information they have. The article ends by offering readers some useful sites that can help them protect themselves and secure their information. The article will be useful as it broadly sheds light on data mining. It will build on the other article and video and also to offer recommendations.