Academic Search Engine Fights The Discord Caused By Cyber Abuse

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - eTradeWire -- "Privacy is important for a number of reasons. Some have to do with the consequences of not having privacy. People can be harmed or debilitated if there is no restriction on the public's access to and use of personal information. Because these reasons are more fundamental, touching the essence of human personhood, we have built data security into the fabric of our Company," Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull, Inc. announced.

"We all need to understand, for the human person to thrive as a autonomous being, requires respect for personal privacy. To lose control of one's personal information is in some measure to lose control of one's life and one's dignity. Therefore, even if privacy is not in itself a fundamental right, it is necessary to protect other fundamental rights. Too many powerful businesses thrive because they successfully pirate our personal data!"

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There are many ways a person can be harmed by the revelation of sensitive personal information. Medical records, psychological tests and interviews, court records, financial records--whether from banks, credit bureaus or the IRS--welfare records, sites visited on the Internet and a variety of other sources hold many intimate details of a person's life. The revelation of such information can leave the individuals vulnerable to many abuses.

Privacy is also needed in the ordinary conduct of human affairs, to facilitate social interactions. The degree of trust in a relationship is determined in part by how much personal information is revealed. To lose control of personal information is to lose control of our individuality and who we can connect with. A normal person's social life is rich and varied, encompassing many different roles and relationships. This can all be seriously damaged!

Bentley continued, "Privacy is even more necessary as a safeguard of freedom in the relationships between individuals and groups. If individuals know that their actions and dispositions are constantly being observed, commented on and criticized, they find it much harder to do anything that deviates from accepted social behavior. That's why our users can feel secure while visiting our website!"

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When we speak of privacy, particularly as a right, we focus on the individual. The individual must be shielded from the prying curiosity of others, financial abuse and from prejudice and discrimination. The individual's autonomy and control over their individuality must be preserved. They must be protected from intimidation, manipulation and coercion by centers of power.

Bentley concludes, "Sensitive information collected without the consent of the subject because it was necessary for the public welfare or operation of a business should be available only to those who have a legitimate need for it. The more widely sensitive information is disseminated, the greater the danger of error, misunderstanding, discrimination, prejudice and other abuses. We are committed to stemming that insidious  tide!"

Source: Knobull, Inc.
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