My chapter was basically about a bunch of different scenarios where people’s personal search engine history was leaked so that anyone could see what people had been searching.  It talks about how in 2006 AOL leaked the search histories of 658,000 people.  It talks about how easy it is for identity thieves to break into databases and steal people’s identities offline.  With more places like hospitals and credit card companies keeping their records online, this risk has become even higher.  Search engines like Google, AOL, and yahoo have no responsibility to get rid of data.  They are allowed to keep records of what we search, and they do this using cookies which enable them to keep records of what we do online.  You can disable these cookies, but a lot of sites including Yahoo won’t allow you to use certain services if you do so.  The chapter ends by talking about the repercussions of posting many things online.  People have not been hired for a job or accepted into college because of what they post.  Student athlete’s have been punished for posting negative things about their college coach on social media sites.  It talks about the idea of a world with complete digital surveillance and how it seems cool, but is actually kind of scary.  

 Keen, A. (2007). The cult of the amateur: How today’s internet is killing our culture. (pp. 164-183). New York: Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group. 

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