Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life

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Stanford University Press, 2010 - Law - 288 pages
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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 itself—most 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 contexts—whether 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.

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This seems to me to be essential reading if you are interested in "privacy" on the internet. Read full review

Review: Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life

User Review  - Goodreads

This seems to me to be essential reading if you are interested in "privacy" on the internet. Read full review

About the author (2010)

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).

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