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Introduction

Susanne Lace

in The glass consumer

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861347350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303831 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347350.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter discusses why the personal information economy is of fundamental and growing importance. It notes that the economy's operation increasingly will define our experience and choices as consumers, yet its impact is insufficiently understood and inadequately addressed. While debates such as those on identity cards capture extensive media coverage in the UK, it argues that the everyday, pervasive ways information use affects consumers lies largely unexplored. It outlines the personal information economy and some of the key issues it raises.

Keywords: personal information; consumers; UK; information use; identity cards

Chapter.  4268 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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