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Today many people accept surveillance without a thought. They tell everyone where they are with GPS on their phones. They click all sorts of acceptances that mean companies can access your information for contacts, profiles, actions and interests and the same for as many of your friends that it can reach through your connection. They store things on Google Drive which Google mines for information and so on. Most of the time people don’t even think about it, but during Information Literacy Month, let’s take a moment to do exactly that.

The American Civil Liberties Union has produced a booklet detailing the chilling effect that this surveillance can have. So take a look and think about what give away about yourself and your actions even if you “have nothing to hide.”

https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/something-hide-writers-and-artists-against-surveillance-state

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

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