THE RIGHT TO BE LET ALONE: Privacy in America by Gerald S. Snyder

THE RIGHT TO BE LET ALONE: Privacy in America

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The technological possibilities of microphones small enough to be concealed in a tooth cavity or of stress detecting voiceprints (possibly unreliable) in the hands of employers is horrifying enough. And this latest look at how science can be used to destroy privacy is full of actual abuses that have made headlines in recent years: army spying on civilian dissenters; the misuse of computerized arrest records; credit bureau investigations which build secret files based on gossip; confidential student files; the trend towards the use of social security numbers as a universal identification code; and, of course, the White House plumbers operation. Many of these same problems, and many of the same experts and analysts, appeared in Severn's The Right to Privacy (KR, 1973). This new survey is incrementally more up-to-date and substantial; while those who read Severn may find its argument largely redundant, there's new evidence and a clearer picture of the technology we're faced with here.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1975
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Messner