Understanding Privacy

Understanding Privacy

by Daniel J. Solove
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674035070

ISBN-13: 9780674035072

Pub. Date: 03/30/2010

Publisher: Harvard

Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most elusive. As rapidly changing technology makes information increasingly available, scholars, activists, and policymakers have struggled to define privacy, with many conceding that the task is virtually impossible.

In this concise and lucid book, Daniel J. Solove offers a

Overview

Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most elusive. As rapidly changing technology makes information increasingly available, scholars, activists, and policymakers have struggled to define privacy, with many conceding that the task is virtually impossible.

In this concise and lucid book, Daniel J. Solove offers a comprehensive overview of the difficulties involved in discussions of privacy and ultimately provides a provocative resolution. He argues that no single definition can be workable, but rather that there are multiple forms of privacy, related to one another by family resemblances. His theory bridges cultural differences and addresses historical changes in views on privacy. Drawing on a broad array of interdisciplinary sources, Solove sets forth a framework for understanding privacy that provides clear, practical guidance for engaging with relevant issues.

Understanding Privacy will be an essential introduction to long-standing debates and an invaluable resource for crafting laws and policies about surveillance, data mining, identity theft, state involvement in reproductive and marital decisions, and other pressing contemporary matters concerning privacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674035072
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,019,876
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Privacy: A Concept in Disarray     1
Privacy: An Issue of Global Concern     2
Technology and the Rising Concern over Privacy     4
The Concept of Privacy     6
A New Theory of Privacy     8
Theories of Privacy and Their Shortcomings     12
Methods of Conceptualizing     13
Conceptions of Privacy     14
Can Privacy Be Conceptualized?     37
Reconstructing Privacy     39
Method     41
Generality     46
Variability     50
Focus     67
The Value of Privacy     78
The Virtues and Vices of Privacy     79
Theories of the Valuation of Privacy     84
The Social Value of Privacy     89
Privacy's Pluralistic Value     98
A Taxonomy of Privacy     101
Information Collection     106
Information Processing     117
Information Dissemination     136
Invasion     161
Privacy: A New Understanding     171
The Nature of Privacy Problems     174
Privacy and Cultural Difference     183
The Benefits of a PluralisticConception of Privacy     187
The Future of Privacy     196
Notes     199
Index     247

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