Privacy: The Lost Right

Privacy: The Lost Right

by Jon L Mills
     
 

The disturbing reality of contemporary life is that technology has laid bare the private facts of most people's lives. Email, cell phone calls, and individual purchasing habits are no longer secret. Individuals may be discussed on a blog, victimized by an inaccurate credit report, or have their email read by an employer or government agency without their knowledge.

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Overview

The disturbing reality of contemporary life is that technology has laid bare the private facts of most people's lives. Email, cell phone calls, and individual purchasing habits are no longer secret. Individuals may be discussed on a blog, victimized by an inaccurate credit report, or have their email read by an employer or government agency without their knowledge. Government policy, mass media, and modern technology pose new challenges to privacy rights, while the law struggles to keep up with the rapid changes.

Privacy: The Lost Right evaluates the status of citizens' right to privacy in today's intrusive world. Mills reviews the history of privacy protections, the general loss of privacy, and the inadequacy of current legal remedies, especially with respect to more recent privacy concerns, such as identity theft, government surveillance, tabloid journalism, and video surveillance in public places. Mills concludes that existing regulations do not adequately protect individual privacy, and he presents options for improving privacy protections.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Americans cherish their privacy and the legal tools that protect it. At no time in our history have the challenges to personal privacy been so great. Jon Mills is uniquely qualified through legal, political, and academic experience to address these challenges."
-Janet Reno, Former U.S. Attorney General (1993-2001)

"Privacy: The Lost Right provides a clear, concise, and accessible synthesis of the field of information privacy."
-Daniel J. Solove, author of Understanding Privacy
Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

"Jon Mills has been one of the modern pioneers in both litigation and policymaking on the privacy issue and, as a result, has unique insights on the topic. This book is, and is likely to continue to be, one of a kind in the burgeoning field of privacy law and its reform."
-Christopher Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law Vanderbilt University Law School

"Jon Mills, a scholar and effective lawyer, has put privacy principles into action protecting real people. His book reflects these real life experiences."
- E. Thom Rumberger, Counsel for Teresa and Dale Earnhardt
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

"As a scholar and a litigator, Jon Mills has helped to shape the right to privacy in American life, and in this lucid book, he helps to illuminate it. This is a balanced, comprehensive, and engaging primer on the right to privacy that should appeal to privacy aficionados as well as general readers."
-Jeffrey Rosen, author of The Unwanted Gaze and The Naked Crowd
The George Washington University Law School

"...an essential contribution to literature in this field."
-S.B. Lichtman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Shippensburg University

"The expertise of the author shines through in this book, inspiring the reader's confidence that Mills knows both the legal and practical aspects of privacy. He deals deftly with the details and nuances of the subject, causing one to suggest that this book is just right for the person looking for a solid introduction to the subject of information privacy."
-Gloria C. Cox, Department of Political Science, University of North Texas

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195367355
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Jon L Mills, University of Florida

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