Information Insecurity

Privacy under Siege

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

The Internet gives us information, communication options, shopping opportunities, entertainment, and much more—all at the touch of a fingertip and much of it for free. But in exchange for these benefits, we may be losing a basic right: the right to privacy.

By clicking to accept website user agreements, we often allow companies to track our activities online and to share our data with outside groups. In addition, the police and government agencies can also track people online—and this tracking is sometimes done secretly, without user agreements or search warrants.

Privacy laws and the US Constitution are supposed to protect privacy in the United States, as are laws and conventions in other parts of the world. But judicial and legal systems have not kept pace with technology. And until laws catch up, users enter a legal gray area when they communicate digitally—an arena in which their most private conversations might not be protected from intrusion. Such intrusion can be dangerous: government agencies can use information obtained via digital spying to harass, arrest, or imprison citizens. Other groups can use private digital data to discriminate in banking, housing, and other businesses.

Around the world, critics are sounding the alarm about digital privacy. Many have called for stricter controls on data tracking. What rights do you have when it comes to privacy online? How can you be a smart cyber citizen and protect your personal digital data? These questions are at the heart of the Internet privacy debate.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category STEM, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.9
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN013020, YAN055000, YAN031000
Dewey 323.44'8
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1280
ATOS Reading Level 8.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 175717
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Brendan January

Brendan January is an award-winning author of more than twenty nonfiction books for YA readers. He lives with his wife and two children in Maplewood, New Jersey.



“With an engaging, direct tone and plenty of further reading suggestions, this informative title will provide valuable, accessible insight into an up-to-the-minute topic.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“[A] wealth of information for students looking to learn more about this complex and ongoing debate….An essential purchase.”―School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who pay any attention will finish January’s tour of Internet snooping with some measure of paranoia. His point is not to frighten but to inform….[He] writes in a clear, frank style that also contains some artful foreboding….Listen up, warns January in this arresting work: everyone is watching, and nothing is deleted for keeps.”―Kirkus Reviews