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What must be done to protect privacy?

(this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks)

The first and most important thing to do to solve the privacy problems described at the beginning of this book is to not believe that you are immune; the second is to acknowledge the problem without getting hysterical. The third is to implement, or ask that governments implement, the social, technical and legislative solutions described in the rest of this chapter. Many of the right things to do are based on common sense, more than deep technical knowledge, and most of them are valid and do-able even for people who don’t own a computer.