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Privacy in Peril How We Are Sacrificing a Fundamental Right in Exchange for Security and Convenience

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ISBN-10: 0195394364

ISBN-13: 9780195394368

Edition: 2009

Authors: James B. Rule

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This provocative book offers a probing account of the erosion of privacy in American society, that shows that we are often unwitting, if willing, accomplices, providing personal data in exchange for security or convenience. The author reveals that in today's "information society," the personal data that we make available to virtually any organization for virtually any purpose is apt to surface elsewhere, applied to utterly different purposes. The mass collection and processing of personal information produces such tremendous efficiencies that both the public and private sector feel justified in pushing as far as they can into our private lives. And there is no easy cure. Indeed, there are many cases where privacy invasion is both hurtful to the individual and indispensable to an organization's quest for efficiency. And as long as we willingly accept the pursuit of profit, or the reduction of crime, or cutting government costs as sufficient reason for intensified scrutiny over our lives, then privacy will remain endangered.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
The Making of an Issue
The Tensions of Privacy and Disclosure
Privacy Regimes in Turmoil
Blaming Technology
The Idea of Privacy Protection
Legislating Privacy Protection
Spreading Shadows
Constraints and Countercurrents
Government Surveillance
Government Surveillance in America
Parallels Abroad
The Coalescence of Government Surveillance
Conclusion
Personal Data in the Marketplace: Credit, Insurance, and Advertising
The United States: A Virtually Free Market for Personal Information
Markets Abroad: The American Model versus Privacy Constraints
Surveillance in Motion
Safe Harbor
Some Rare Privacy Victories
Conclusion
The Future of Privacy
Privacy Protection: The Official Response
Privacy Codes: A Balance Sheet
Origins of the Conflict
The Destination
Collapsing Resistance?
"Needs," "Purposes," and "Consent"
Some Uncomfortable Futures
Ground to Stand On
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index