Regulation in an Era of Surveillance and Other Threats to Privacy

30 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2020

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Jeff Yates

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: October 5, 2020

Abstract

Given the dramatic rise in the mechanisms through which governments, private industry, and other interests can access, gather, analyze, and employ information on citizens, we offer a theory of coevolving disruptions in the technological, business, and policy spheres. We then consider competing conceptions of privacy in a world of ever-evolving norms; we also assay public opinion on matters of surveillance and privacy focusing on points of consensus and conflict. We find that public opinion on privacy matters is a more complex phenomenon than most regulation scholars may assume. Finally, we consider theoretical guideposts for policy actors in their attempt to reconcile public demands for privacy with competing interests.

Keywords: Privacy, Surveillance, Regulation, Public Opinion

JEL Classification: H10, K10, K20

Suggested Citation

Yates, Jeff L. and Whitford, Andrew B., Regulation in an Era of Surveillance and Other Threats to Privacy (October 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3705509 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3705509

Jeff L. Yates (Contact Author)

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Binghamton, NY 13902
United States

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-542-2898 (Phone)
706-583-0610 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://andrewwhitford.com

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