- Published in issue 2/1998 on page 39
No more peeping Toms on the Internet
New and very unwelcome on the Internet are traders who secretly collect personal data on web users. The tiniest amount of personal information seems to be sufficient these days to enable these peeping Toms to reach final conclusions about your interests and preferences. Despite massive protests of data protection authorities, there is brisk trade in databases compiled in this way. As a result, the unwitting web user is bombarded with megabytes of unsolicited information (junk mail) from less reputable Internet traders.