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Blogs, Communities and The Web : Peddling one's privacy for free.

Typing a person's name in Google is now a favourite past time of many recruitment agencies or employers conducting background research on prospective employees.

In an era where the boundaries of the individual and his privacy are shrinking ever more, technologies are now available for people who want to shed what little remains of their private life. Webcams, Blogs, Camcorders and CCTV record and archive what we do, what we think and where we are for most hours of the day.

While people complain about hackers, phishing and scamming (which effectively make use of stolen or illegally obtained personal information to steal the identity of individuals), a worrying number of people give their own personal details out for free. When you look at Flickr, Myspace, MSNspace or personal blogs, you will find a frightening amount of photos, descriptions and details that people have voluntarily uploaded.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.