On Privacy

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Annabelle Lever

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations

Date Written: October 8, 2012


Privacy is a Janus-faced value. It enables us to shut the world out, but the forms it takes and the extent to which it is protected are fundamentally public matters. Not surprisingly, then, privacy and its protection are the object of considerable public interest and controversy concerning the proper role of the state, and the rights and duties of individuals. 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 get pregnant and 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.

Keywords: privacy, democracy, equality, private property, collective property, family, outing confidentiality,

Suggested Citation

Lever, Annabelle, On Privacy (October 8, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2507500

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