This article is a book review of No Place to Hide, by Robert O’Harrow. The author begins his analysis of No Place to Hide by addressing concerns raised by O’Harrow regarding the balance between the private data aggregators like ChoicePoint and Acxiom and government investigators in reference to the goal of informational privacy policies. The author then goes into a detailed discussion of O’Harrow’s examination of the reasons for drafting the U.S. Patriot Act. Finally, the author discusses the central issue raised in No Place to Hide, and that is the unlimited ability to access certain information on the Internet by private data aggregators like ChoicePoint and Acxiom. The author details the risks and benefits of private data aggregators having this unlimited ability to collect certain information. Lastly, the author makes reference to No Place to Hide as a valuable tool for Americans to know the extent that their personal information is being used by private companies as well as law enforcement agencies. Finally, the author concludes by noting the value No Place to Hide has on the American people in providing an increased individual awareness of certain privacy issues.
Matthew Hector, Do We Really Have No Place to Hide?, 24 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 57 (2005)