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Privacy Issues using the Internet Privacy has been as elusive as the mythical Fountain of Youth. The very thought of "protecting" information about household stirs up ominous images of strong agencies stealing our individuality as well as our identity. The fears about privacy have risen exponentially using the internet. But who are we protecting ourselves ? The authorities? Not likely, at least at the Orwellian feel that many of us imagine it. While Congress passes regulations and regulatory bodies enforce them, media focus of late has been on the private industry, especially commercial Websites. Civil libertarians' protests from information-collecting Websites are enigmatic given that most of this info has already been available for years in libraries, in city halls, in departments of motor vehicles and from other areas. Thus it should be known that "solitude" is largely an illusion. Though the Lewinsky tapes raised eyebrows, the media fanfare over the issue shows that someone, somewhere, when you are least expecting it, will put a higher priority on something that endangers your privacy. But the increasing commodification of personal data is worrisome for this author, especially when the "collectors" get their information wrong or draw erroneous conclusions from the data they acquire. Already, some national pharmacies have tried to market information regarding their customers to marketers. (In a minumum of one case the pharmacy backed off after critics severely chastised them to the program). No doubt other associations will proceed to sell medical records to the highest bidder. What does this imply to the general public? .