Simson Garfinkel, a popular journalist, presented in his book “Database Nation” the frightening scenarios resulting from new technologies, that would be invented, as well as from technologies which already exist. His book is full of details about facts and insight into the ways companies, organizations, interest groups and the government use databases, containing information about you and your everyday life. Garfinkel gives supporting arguments to his facts. He does not want to frighten the reader, but warns the reader about potential situations and risks.
Database Nation is an extensive guide for those who want to become closer to with new technologies in security and data storage and the dangers and risks potentially appearing. This book also provides true historical facts about database risks. This book warns you about information of your credit file and medical records that can be used by different interest groups. The numerous technological achievements such as creation of small microchips have put privacy into a great danger.
The author reveals the potential privacy dangers from emerging technologies and offers sound advice about alternatives to privacy risky technologies. He analyses some of the potentially risky the technologies and privacy issues, they are: iris scans, surveillance satellites, DNA identification, medical data, cell phones, genetic autonomy, intelligent computing, terrorism, video cameras and the Internet.
For example, he describes how supermarket affinity cards, warranty cards, and cell phone networks can be used to track individuals’ preferences and, in the case of cell phones, their physical movement.
The author goes into significant detail about advanced identification technologies that can identify and track individuals and gives a legislative solution for strengthening privacy protections in the United States. This book is worth reading thought it was first published in 2000; it will be interesting especially for those who consider privacy to be the most basic of our civil rights.