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Unraveling Privacy: The Personal Prospectus & the Threat of a Full Disclosure Future


Scott R. Peppet


University of Colorado Law School

August 7, 2010

Northwestern University Law Review, 2011

Abstract:     
Information technologies are reducing the costs of credible signaling, just as they have reduced the costs of data mining and economic sorting. The burgeoning informational privacy field has ignored this evolution, leaving it unprepared to deal with the consequences of these new signaling mechanisms. In an economy with robust signaling, those with valuable credentials, clean medical records, and impressive credit scores will want to disclose those traits to receive preferential economic treatment. Others may then find that they must also disclose private information to avoid the negative inferences attached to staying silent. This unraveling effect creates new types of privacy harms, converting disclosure from a consensual to a more coerced decision. This Article argues that informational privacy law must focus on the economics of signaling and its unraveling of privacy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: privacy,information technology,signaling,sorting,digital dossier,personal prospectus,unraveling

JEL Classification: K00, K39

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Date posted: September 17, 2010  

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Peppet, Scott R., Unraveling Privacy: The Personal Prospectus & the Threat of a Full Disclosure Future (August 7, 2010). Northwestern University Law Review, 2011 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1678634

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