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European Unix Platform (EUP): Book Review: Database Nation

Aug 12, 2000, 13:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Armijn Hemel)

"A while ago I got the book 'Database Nation: the Death of Privacy in the 21st Century' for winning the InSANE Quiz at SANE 2000. I feared that this book would be very 1984'ish, larded with anecdotes about people facing horrible things due to overzealous bureaucrats and paranoid intelligence agencies. Fortunately it wasn't the case at all."

"The books shows very lightly (with anecdotes) what actually can happen if (on purpose or by accident) sensitive and private information is treated improperly. Besides that (just the anecdotes) the author shows us exactly *what* goes wrong and also *where* it goes wrong, what can be done about it or what should have been done about it."

"The book itself is fun to read and also very interesting. I enjoyed reading this book, although there weren't any real eye openers in it (at least for me). The only thing that could be used against this book is that it's really oriented at the USA and that lots of interesting things that are going on in Europe aren't looked at very well or aren't even mentioned."

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