Technologies Enabling the Research of Citizens' Private Data

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Technologies Enabling The Research of Citizen's Private Data Objective The objective of this study is to describe at least three technologies that enable an individual to research citizens' private data. This study will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of public access to this information, both for the researchers and those who are being investigated. This work will further determine what measures citizens can take to protect private information or information they do not want to be disclosed. As well, this study will discuss a federal law that grants the federal government the legal right to make private information on U.S. citizens available to the public and will either express disagreement or agreement with this law. Finally, this study will determine whether there are electronic privacy laws that can prevent other from having access to 'private information' as well as how effective they are. Introduction Individuals are able to collect data relating to their "habits, routines and environment using ubiquitous technologies. Running specialized software, personal devices such as phones and tablets can capture and transmit users' location images, motion and text input." (Shilton, 2012, p.1) The data that is collected by these devices are reported to be "both personal (identifying of an individual), and participatory (accessible by that individual for inquiry for the information sciences." (Shilton, 2012, p.1) It is reported that "self-quantification, mobile
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