Information Privacy: Ethics and Accountability

14 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2017

Date Written: September 19, 2016


Under labels such as ‘cyberethics’, ‘digital ethics’, and ‘information ethics’, the application of ethical perspectives to the processing of information is a growing field of research and practice, especially in the age of the Internet and of intensive and extensive surveillance. There has been a noticeable ‘turn’ from reliance on legal regulation to an emphasis on ethics – and accountability and transparency as well – in this part of the field of information policy.This article looks critically at the recent development of ethical approaches to information privacy protection as they are being developed by organisations aiming to satisfy legal requirements for personal data protection, including the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It looks at how the concept of 'accountability' figures in relation to these ethical approaches, and explores important dimensions of this concept that need to be considered more seriously.

Keywords: Information Privacy, Data Protection, GDPR, Ethics, Accountability

Suggested Citation

Raab, Charles D., Information Privacy: Ethics and Accountability (September 19, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Charles D. Raab (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Edinburgh, EH8 9LL
United Kingdom

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