Considering Privacy as a Public Good and its Policy Ramifications for Business Organizations

23 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2011

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Shaheen Borna

Ball State University

Dheeraj Sharma

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: Autumn 2011

Abstract

The main objective of this study is to discuss the ramifications of considering privacy as a public good for business organizations. Using an extensive literature review, an attempt to achieve this objective is made by trying to answer the following questions: (1) What are the historical and philosophical roots of privacy? (2) How is the concept of privacy defined and what are the controversies surrounding different definitions of privacy? (3) Does an individual have a right to privacy? (4) If the answer to question three is in affirmative, what are the philosophical and legal foundations of that right? (5) How can an individual's privacy be invaded? (6) Is privacy right an individual right or does it have a societal value? (7) What are the reasons for considering privacy as a public good? Finally, the article offers prescriptive insights for organizations to successfully obtain information from consumer while respecting their privacy.

Suggested Citation

Borna, Shaheen and Sharma, Dheeraj, Considering Privacy as a Public Good and its Policy Ramifications for Business Organizations (Autumn 2011). Business and Society Review, Vol. 116, Issue 3, pp. 331-353, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1921691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8594.2011.00388.x

Shaheen Borna (Contact Author)

Ball State University

Muncie, IN 47306-0340
United States

Dheeraj Sharma

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