This book explores the Janus-faced features of privacy, and looks at their implications for the control of personal information, for sexual and reproductive freedom, and for democratic politics. It asks what, if anything, is wrong with asking women to get licenses in order to have children, given that pregnancy and childbirth can seriously damage your health. It considers whether employers should be able to monitor the friendships and financial affairs of employees, and whether we are entitled to know whenever someone rich, famous or powerful has cancer, or an adulterous affair. It considers whether we are entitled to privacy in public and, if so, what this might mean for the use of CCTV cameras, the treatment of the homeless and the provision of public facilities such as parks, libraries and lavatories. Above all, the book seeks to understand whether and, if so, why privacy is valuable in a democratic society, and what implications privacy has for the ways we see and treat each other. The ideas about privacy we have inherited from the past are marked by beliefs about what is desirable, realistic and possible which predate democratic government and, in some cases, predate constitutional government as well. Hence, this book argues, although privacy is an important democratic value, we can only realise that value if we use democratic ideas about the freedom, equality, security and rights of individuals to guide our understanding of privacy. -- Book Cover.
THIS ESSAY CONSIDERS THE CLINTON SEX SCANDAL AS THE LAST IN A SERIES OF EVENTS THAT ERODED PRIVACY AND ITS PROTECTION IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS AN "EPISODE IN THE DESTRUCTION OF PRIVACY THAT HAS BECOME THE TOTALITARIAN DEMOCRATIC PROJECT OF OUR TIME." IT EXPLORES THE ROLES THAT LAWYERS, FEMINISTS, THE MEDIA, AND THE OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL HAVE PLAYED IN THIS DESTRUCTION OF PRIVACY.
Professor Raymond Wacks is a leading international expert on privacy. For more than three decades he has published numerous books and articles on this controversial subject. Privacy is a fundamental value that is under attack from several quarters. Electronic surveillance, biometrics, CCTV, ID cards, RFID codes, online security, the monitoring of employees, the uses and misuses of DNA, - to name but a few - all raise fundamental questions about our right to privacy.
While other books in the field focus on specific aspects of privacy or how to avoid invasions, David H. Holtzman-a master technologist, internet pioneer, security analyst, and former military codebreaker-presents a comprehensive insider's expose of the world of invasive technology, who's using it, and how our privacy is at risk. Holtzman starts out by categorizing privacy violations into "The 7 Sins Against Privacy" and then goes on to explain in compelling and easy-to-understand language exactly how privacy is being eroded in every aspect of our lives. Holtzman vividly reveals actual invasions and the dangers associated with the loss of privacy, and he takes a realistic look at the trade-offs between privacy and such vital issues as security, rights, and economic development.
From space to cyberspace -- A contrast between pre-ICT privacy and today's ICT realities -- Did ICT create a new social norm? -- Privacy legislation & policy : "illusory protection" -- Surveillance & privacy denied -- Privacy in the workplace -- Privacy and health -- Social networking