on 19 September 2009
Katherine Albrecht has done a superb job in documenting the relentless drive of Governments and Corporations in collecting more and more data about all our lives. She details the uses to which this information is put now, and may be put in the future.
Recent technology such as RFID, which is about to become big news, is explained in simple yet comprehensive terms. Albrecht questions the lack of consumer participation or knowledge of some of the tracking schemes, but also details cases where citizens have successfully fought back.
I feel this book can only become more relevant in the coming years, and is an excellent primer on how we are giving away our privacy and anonymity to faceless and unaccountable businessmen and bureaucrats.