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Internet can be said as the most significant invention of the century It simplified many annoying processes such as banking and shopping into one simple step that can be achieved at home Nevertheless there are some drawbacks The control of ones personal data on net is not as easy as in real life Technologies on net can make tracking ones behaviors and interests without asking for permissions possible In other words World Wide Web users may be monitored by someone they do not know In what ways our personal data are leaked out and whether Internet and privacy can finally co-exist peacefully According to Reconciling E-commerce and Privacy in Business Week of 10051998 there are web sites that force the users to give out their personal data such as your name email address demographic information marriage and financial status interests hobbies and so on while registering their products These data will be sold or given to their marketing partners without asking the users for permission According to the passage No Such Things as privacy in Report Newsmagazine Alberta Edition of 02282000 Vol 26 the emails people gives to newsgroups and business web sites may be sold to spammers those who send lots of advertisement messages through email to users especially for some pornographic sites It may cause extra time for the users to filter these garbage mails In addition to the information gathered from registration of products and newsgroups commercials interested in these information uses incentives In the passage of Its free but itll cost you in Black Enterprise September 1999 Vol 30 the author suggests that there are companies provides free computers and free Internet services Examples are FreePC and Netzero The users in return have to give out their personal information They have to promise that they will face the advertisements shown on the computers for certain number of hours a month for a certain number of months Their activities on the
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