Daniel J. Solove
George Washington University Law School
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
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: privacy, philosophy, Wittgenstein, theory, surveillance, data mining, identity theft, information, norms
JEL Classification: D80, D82
Date posted: May 5, 2008 ; Last revised: July 13, 2014