On the Cover
November / December 2004
Photo illustration by
Kathy Rice and Valerie Williams
Advances in information technology have
increased personal data compilation capabilities and privacy concerns.
Today in this country, there is no broad right to control or limit
personal information collected by others. As a result, more than ever,
personal information on individuals is reaching the public domain.
The quandary is how to keep the control
of a person's private information in the hands of that individual, says
National Research Council committee member and University of Maine
Professor Harlan Onsrud. Onsrud explores issues related to personal
information security in the story "I Spy."