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Dr Susanne Lace

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347350

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347350.001.0001

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The personal information economy: trends and prospects for consumers

The personal information economy: trends and prospects for consumers

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(p.17) 1 The personal information economy: trends and prospects for consumers
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The glass consumer
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Perri 6

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347350.003.0002

This chapter presents an overview of the personal information economy, exploring its development and importance. It notes the difficulty of overestimating the importance of personal information — global retail organisations take investment decisions based on the most finely grained analysis of consumers's data. It also warns of the risks and builds a framework detailing the risks of the said economy. It notes that traditionally, much attention has been focused on risks of intrusion when considering consumers' information but less attention has been paid to risks to life chances that arise from the ways the economy works.

Keywords:   personal information economy, retail organisations, investment, consumers, economy

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