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Jon L. Mills

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367355.001.0001

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Privacy and Its Contemporary Context: Why Privacy Is Disappearing

Privacy and Its Contemporary Context: Why Privacy Is Disappearing

(p.13) Chapter III Privacy and Its Contemporary Context: Why Privacy Is Disappearing

Jon L. Mills

Oxford University Press

Key members of society — the government, the press, and large corporations — are intruding more into personal privacy. The increase in intrusiveness harms both individuals specifically and society generally. This chapter suggests that there are four different, yet overlapping spheres that symbolize and help to graphically represent the nature of privacy interests to be protected. Those spheres are personal autonomy, private property, personal information, and physical space. Advances in media and technology have increased the capacity of everyone to intrude. The government also continues to expand its collection of personal data through the use of technology. Technology and economic globalization make privacy a global and transnational issue. Privacy rights in the context of international law, human rights, and in the laws of other nations are examined. The chapter concludes there will be more privacy disputes globally and among countries.

Keywords:   freedom, autonomy, property, panopticon, informational privacy, decisional privacy, human rights, European Union privacy, Latin America, privacy in Asia

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