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Not too long ago, a software engineer named Phil Zimmerman invented what has come to be regarded as the industry standard for encryption software - PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy. At the time his creation came out, it caused a tremendous furore in the United States - after all, went the reasoning, encryption powerful enough to resist the might of the US government ought to be restricted and/or have "back doors" built into it so as to allow government agencies to intercept suspicious transmissions...

A few years later, with the Web becoming all pervasive and digital retailers sprouting like mushrooms, the privacy issue raised its ugly head again. What, asked Joe Customer, happens to the information online supermarkets collect about me when I click my way through their digital aisles? What happens to my credit card number, and whom is my email address shared with? When the answers finally came, many were found to be morally unacceptable - and some, illegal.

As the above examples illustrate, privacy has, and always will be, a concern in the new digital age. When information can be replicated endlessly, with each iteration an unblemished copy of the original, and when the means of transmission of information are accessible to everyone with a phone line, a PC and a modem, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to prevent sensitive information from being distributed far and wide. And so, this week, we're going to take a look at some Web sites that hope to shed some light on the concerns of privacy advocates, and on the issues that every connected citizen in the digital age needs to be aware of. Take a look!

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