Privacy in the Information Age

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For all the passion that surrounds discussions about privacy, and the recent attention devoted to electronic privacy, surprisingly little consensus exists about what privacy means, what values are served - or compromised - by extending further legal protection to privacy, what values are affected by existing and proposed measures designed to protect privacy, and what principles should undergird a sensitive balancing of those values. In this book, Fred H. Cate addresses these critical issues in the context of computerized information. He provides an overview of the technologies that are provoking the current privacy debate and discusses the range of legal issues that these technologies raise. He examines the central elements that make up the definition of privacy and the values served, and liabilities incurred, by each of those components. Separate chapters address the regulation of privacy in Europe and the United States. The final chapter identifies principles for protecting information privacy. The principles recognize the significance of individual and collective nongovernmental action, the limited role for privacy laws and government enforcement of those laws, and the ultimate goal of establishing multinational principles for protecting information privacy.
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Editorial Reviews

Addresses issues of privacy in the context of computerized information, overviewing technologies and legal issues. Defines elements of privacy and their values and costs, compares privacy regulations in Europe and the US, and identifies principles for protecting information privacy. Principles recognize the significance of individual and collective nongovernmental action, the limited role of government enforcement, and the ultimate goal of establishing multinational principles for protecting information privacy. Includes appendices of documents and guidelines. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Professor Fred H. Cate does a remarkable job of outlining the status quo between the continents and exploring the varying approaches to dealing with privacy concerns.... Law libraries should buy this book because it is a comprehensive overview of the privacy concerns in the electronic society." —Mary Elizabeth Hadad, Suffolk University Law and Technology Program, Bimonthly Review of Law Books, 3/1/2001

"Privacy in the Information Age is a breath of fresh air in a debate that heretofore has viewed privacy in America the way George Kennan once viewed the Soviets, as something desperately in need of government containment. Hopefully Fred Cate's book will sober those who would erect expensive, intrusive European-like bureaucracies to do a job that consumer freedom and open markets will always do better." —Duncan MacDonald, General Counsel, Citibank Bankcards

"No new inventaion arrives without a mixture of advantages and disadvantages. New electronic information networks combine immediate blessings with the risk of a long-term loss of privacy. Fred Cate, one of our nation's most talented young legal scholars, penetrates this dilemma and suggests ways to balance the good and bad in our information revolution." —Newton N. Minow, Sidney and Austin, and Former Chair, Federal Communications Commission

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815713159
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,075,261
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred H. Cate is professor of law and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University School of Law, Bloominton, and is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Electronic Information Networks 5
3 Privacy 19
4 Privacy Regulation in Europe 32
5 Privacy Regulation in the United States: The Public Sector 49
6 Privacy Regulation in the United States: The Private Sector 80
7 Electronic Privacy in the Twenty-First Century 101
App. A The European Union Directive 133
App. B The Privacy Principles of the Information Infrastructure Task Force 177
App. C General Discussion 195
Bibliography 207
Notes 215
Index 241
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