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Most people are concerned about online privacy but may not be aware of the various ways that personal information about them is collected during routine Web browsing. The authors review the types of personal information that may be collected voluntarily or involuntarily through the Web browser or disclosed by a Web server. They present a taxonomy of regulatory and technological approaches to protect privacy. All approaches to date have only been partial solutions. By its nature, the Web was designed to be an open system to facilitate data sharing, and hence Web privacy continues to be a challenging problem.
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