September 30, 2004

Scary, but believable view on privacy

Book front cover
Title:
Dangerous Data
Author:
Lury.Gibson
ISBN:
0552148709
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Lury.Gibson isn't an author, but a collection of writers and this book is their first published work. And hopefully not the last.

Dangerous Data centres around an obscure Data Detective, who, using more or less illegal methods, can find out anything about anyone. People employ him to find information on people, such as a cheating husbands and run-away daughters.

The book is about The Dogg's latest contract: Finding out everything he can about the people living at a specific address. We then follow The Dogg as he uncovers clue after clue about these people's history, their lives and their routine. The slant on this book is the fact that this Data Detective never leaves his office and still tells the story of these three people as if he knew them intimatly.

The book is written in alternating pages. One page tells part of the story, the other contains either the information that The Dogg has found, or relevant websites to something The Dogg is talking about.

All in all, this a pretty good book. In my opinion it's ahead of its time and I think, had the authors waited for a couple of years, the book would have been more relevant then. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks that shopping online is secure and that you're safe at home.


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  1. But you can do that already, pretty much. Eating in a restaurant isn't secure. Buying stuff with a credit card isn't completely secure. Filling in a questionnaire sure as heck ain't secure.

    What's the phrase?

    Safety is an illusion of the modern world.

    I think I'll have to go read that book now…

    30 Sep 2004, 13:35


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