WHAT’S THE MEANING?
When a person is browsing the web anonymously, it means that his or her personal information are hidden from the websites they visit. This can be done by hiding or changing their IP address using VPNs, using a proxy server, or by disabling cookies, plug-ins, and anything else that can be used to identify and track down a user.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cookies also help with government surveillance. Against their will or completely unbeknownst to Internet users, government agencies can track and keep information about its citizens. Surveillance can have its pros, as the government can monitor whether or not a citizen is committing or participating in a crime, and they can track any activity that they deem suspicious. However, the data they are using is not always legally obtained, causing a debate to flare up between the government’s invasion of its citizens’ privacy and the government’s responsibilities to maintain national security.