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Privacy in PerilHow We Are Sacrificing a Fundamental Right in Exchange for Security and Convenience$
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James B. Rule

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307832

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307832.001.0001

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The Making of an Issue

The Making of an Issue

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(p.1) Part I The Making of an Issue
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Privacy in Peril
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James B. Rule

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307832.003.0001

This chapter introduces the concept of privacy, which is defined as the exercise of a genuine option to withhold information on one's self. The discussion is concerned with the question of why people struggle to protect their privacy. It examines the tensions of privacy and disclosure and looks at the debates over privacy that reflect long-running ethical and political tensions between individual prerogatives and claims of larger social units. It also studies the struggles to draw a line between private and public, as well as the resulting pressures for surveillance systems to connect and exchange. Finally, the chapter discusses privacy protection and the constraints and countercurrents to mass surveillance.

Keywords:   privacy, tensions, disclosure, social units, surveillance systems, privacy protection, mass surveillance

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