Understanding Privacy

Daniel J. Solove, UNDERSTANDING PRIVACY, Harvard University Press, May 2008

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 420

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 420

24 Pages Posted: 5 May 2008 Last revised: 13 Jul 2014

Daniel J. Solove

George Washington University Law School

Abstract

Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most elusive. As rapidly changing technology makes information increasingly available, scholars, activists, and policymakers have struggled to define privacy, with many conceding that the task is virtually impossible.

In UNDERSTANDING PRIVACY (Harvard University Press, May 2008), Professor Daniel J. Solove offers a comprehensive overview of the difficulties involved in discussions of privacy and ultimately provides a provocative resolution. He argues that no single definition can be workable, but rather that there are multiple forms of privacy, related to one another by family resemblances. His theory bridges cultural differences and addresses historical changes in views on privacy.

Drawing on a broad array of interdisciplinary sources, Solove sets forth a framework for understanding privacy that provides clear, practical guidance for engaging with relevant issues, such as surveillance, data mining, identity theft, state involvement in reproductive and marital decisions, and other pressing contemporary matters concerning privacy.

Keywords: privacy, philosophy, Wittgenstein, theory, surveillance, data mining, identity theft, information, norms

JEL Classification: D80, D82

Suggested Citation

Solove, Daniel J., Understanding Privacy. Daniel J. Solove, UNDERSTANDING PRIVACY, Harvard University Press, May 2008; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 420; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 420. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1127888

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