People have always been concerned about protecting personal information and their right to privacy. It is an age-old concern that is not unique to the Internet. People are concerned with protecting their privacy in various environments, including healthcare, the workplace and e-commerce. However, advances in technology, the Internet, and community networking are bringing this issue to the forefront. With computerized personal data files: a. retrieval of specific records is more rapid; b. personal information can be integrated into a number of different data files; and c. copying, transporting, collecting, storing, and processing large amounts of information are easier.