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This cartoon is about CAPTCHAs that people click to indicate that they are not robots. CAPTCHA is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. Online, there is a scrum to gather and use data, a race to automate nearly everything, an invasion of good bots and bad bots that play an enormous role in the shape of the Internet.

In the old days, when questions would become too prying, people would say “None of your damn business!” These days, people often aren’t even asked; data is gathered at every turn, often surreptitiously.

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy and data security training. He also posts at his blog at LinkedIn, which has more than 1 million followers.

Professor Solove is the organizer, along with Paul Schwartz, of the Privacy + Security Forum an annual event designed for seasoned professionals. 

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