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1 Author(s)
Griffin, J.A. ; Comput. Inf. Syst. & Technol., Purdue Univ., South Bend, IN, USA

A serious problem of security has developed because of the popularity in the use of the Internet for all kinds of communications by both individuals and companies. This potential security issue has forced many to evaluate the need for even connecting to the Internet. Connecting has many benefits, but is it worth the risk of possible loss of confidential information, damage to files and systems, hackers and viruses? The goal of this paper is to examine the implications of rapidly expanding Internet technology on society's desire to maintain privacy and security of information. This is accomplished by discussing a variety of issues, including: (1) an overview of privacy and security issues; (2) encryption as one potential solution to the privacy and security issues; and (3) congressional legislation affecting privacy and security

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Technology and Society, 1998. ISTAS 98. Wiring the World: The Impact of Information Technology on Society., Proceedings of the 1998 International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

12-13 Jun 1998