AirTalk for February 6, 2012

What online privacy?

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How well protected are Americans' online privacy rights?

Everything you do online can be used against you. All day, everyday, companies are mining the internet, culling tiny pieces of information about you to be used for advertising ... or something much much worse.

According to an op-ed in this weekend’s New York Times some organizations are selling data they mined from the websites you visit and your social media to potential employers, the IRS, lawyers, law enforcement and even exes. That means you might lose a job or a court case and you might never know how or where the information that sunk you came from. This has wide-ranging implications, and absolutely no oversight. We’ll get into it.

Guest:

Lori B. Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Vice President at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is the author of “I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy” (Free Press) and is also the Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology.


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