Privacy in Context

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-24
  • Publisher: Stanford Law & Politics

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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 itselfmost 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 contextswhether it be 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.

Author Biography

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science and Senior Fellow of the Information Law Institute at New York University. She is the coeditor of Academy and the Internet (2004) and Computers, Ethics, and Social Values (1995), and the author of Emotion and Focus (1985).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Information Technology's Power and Threat
Keeping Track and Watching over Usp. 21
Knowing Us Better than We Know Ourselves: Massive and Deep Databasesp. 36
Capacity to Spread and Find Everything, Everywherep. 51
Critical Survey of Predominant Approaches to Privacy
Locating the Value in Privacyp. 67
Privacy in Privatep. 89
Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Privacy in Publicp. 103
The Framework of Contextual Integrity
Contexts, Informational Norms, Actors, Attributes, and Transmission Principlesp. 129
Breaking Rules for Goodp. 158
Privacy Rights in Context: Applying the Frameworkp. 186
Conclusionp. 231
Notesp. 245
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 281
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