Privacy has many definitions, definitions which are dependant on who you are talking to.
Donald Kerr, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence perceives the definition of privacy as anonymity. Therefore from his point of view he believes in this day and time that it is impossible if there is to be security. In other words, privacy is what you and the government know about you and no others; this is for your safety!
White Hats, Hackers, Phreeks (a portmanteau for phone and geek no I don’t know why there is an “r” in phreek) define privacy another way; that if you have given that information to anyone then they have a right to it as well. What is left is private.
Then there are those that believe privacy is like going to the beach; if you go to the beach your going to be exposed or why did you go to the beach? What is the beach? The internet. This group of marketers who manufacture the majority of spyware feel they are allot like Santa Claus; “who sees you when your sleeping and knows when your awake and knows when you’ve been bad or good..” and for a price will give any information on any and every type of person who uses the internet ( Ho Ho Ho). One of the oldest is http://www.doubleclick.com/: for a list of most of the American companies that write the spyware programs go to http://www.spywareguide.com/creator_list_full.php?s=m.
The final group of spyware writers is the smallest but the most infamous they are the Black Hats. These have the skills of all those above but are bad guys “black hats“. They are after your computer to make it commit crimes for them; so that the FBI knocks on your door and arrests you and not them. They work to get your name, social security, birth date and credit card numbers. No, they are not thieves who use your credit cards to go to Europe and eat at fancy restaurants and stay at big hotels then throw your card away. These guys are very intelligent and astute. They collect information and credit card info on hundreds of thousands of people. Then they make a $0.14 to $0.24 transaction of each card at the end of each month. How much is $0.14 X 100,000 ? Have you ever complained about a $0.14 charge on your credit card? No one does. Where does the money go? The money trail ends in countries at the fringes of international law; to countries in Eastern Europe and private organizations in Pakistan. What do they do with the money? I don’t think its anything legal!
You are probably asking why I mentioned phreeks (phone geeks) in this article about privacy, right? Because many people say they don’t do credit card transactions over the Internet but only over their cell phones. Do I have a surprise for them. Your cell phone is a computer but what is worse it’s a wireless one. All broadcasts over the airwaves are monitored and recorded by government agencies except the phone you have that has a wire attached; it is illegal for anyone to monitor that wired phone without a judges order and due cause, but not so for wireless. It is the job of the government to record and monitor wireless transmissions, does the letters FCC mean anything to you? Well it’s only the government that is listening to my orders over the cell phone, right? Ladies and gentleman may I introduce to you the hottest selling item imported from Europe and Canada the Optoelectronics Scout frequency counter and a AOR-8200