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Understanding Privacy

Understanding Privacy

by Daniel J. SoloveDaniel J. Solove


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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
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Solove is Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.

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Peter P. Swire

Daniel Solove has had the patience and insight to lay privacy bare. This is the most thorough and persuasive conceptualization of privacy written to date. Solove's taxonomy of privacy will become the standard tool for analyzing privacy problems.

Peter P. Swire, C. William O'Neill Professor of Law and Judicial Administration, Ohio State University

Anita L. Allen

Daniel Solove offers a unique, challenging account of how to think better about-- and of-- privacy. No scholar in America is more committed to demystifying "the right to privacy".

Anita L. Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School

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