Freedom of Information and Search Engines: Do Search Engines and the Internet Make your Private Information Public?

One of the benefits of this modern era is that search engines enable people to retrieve information from the Internet very easily. This power, however, represents a threat to privacy. Personal information can be easily retrieved by anybody anywhere in the world. This has caused widespread concern among citizens and privacy organizations. Internet users should be aware of the fact that their use of the Internet could diminish their expectation of privacy.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is “freedom of information?”
What is meant by “private information” and “privacy protection?”
Do search engines make your private information public?
How does one weigh Freedom of Information vis-à-vis private information protection?


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