Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life

Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life

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by Helen Nissenbaum
     
 

Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technology and digital media. This book claims that what people really care about when they complain and protest that privacy has been violated is not the act of sharing information itself---- most people understand that this is crucial to social life----- but the inappropriate, improper sharing

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Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technology and digital media. This book claims that what people really care about when they complain and protest that privacy has been violated is not the act of sharing information itself---- most people understand that this is crucial to social life----- but the inappropriate, improper sharing of information.

Arguing that privacy concerns should not be limited solely to concern about control over personal information, Helen Nissenbaum counters that information ought to be distributed and protected according to norms governing distinct social contexts---- whether it be the workplace, health care, schools, or among family and friends. She warns that basic distinctions between public and private, informing many current privacy policies, in fact obscure more than they clarify. In truth, contemporary information systems should alarm us only when they function without regard for social norms and values, and thereby weaken the fabric of social life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804752374
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
187,460
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Information Technology's Power and Threat

1 Keeping Track and Watching over Us 21

2 Knowing Us Better than We Know Ourselves: Massive and Deep Databases 36

3 Capacity to Spread and Find Everything, Everywhere 51

Pt. II Critical Survey of Predominant Approaches to Privacy

4 Locating the Value in Privacy 67

5 Privacy in Private 89

6 Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Privacy in Public 103

Pt. III The Framework of Contextual Integrity

7 Contexts, Informational Norms, Actors, Attributes, and Transmission Principles 129

8 Breaking Rules for Good 158

9 Privacy Rights in Context: Applying the Framework 186

Conclusion 231

Notes 245

References 257

Index 281

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