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 this concise and lucid book, 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.
Understanding Privacy will be an essential introduction to long-standing debates and an invaluable resource for crafting laws and policies about surveillance, data mining, identity theft, state involvement in reproductive and marital decisions, and other pressing contemporary matters concerning privacy.
Daniel J. Solove is Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.
Preface 1. Privacy: A Concept in Disarray Privacy: An Issue of Global Concern Technology and the Rising Concern Over Privacy The Concept of Privacy A New Theory of Privacy 2. Conceptions of Privacy Methods of Conceptualizing Conceptions of Privacy Can Privacy Be Conceptualized? 3. Reconstructing Privacy Method Generality Variability Focus 4. The Value of Privacy The Virtues and Vices of Privacy Theories of the Valuation of Privacy The Social Value of Privacy Privacy's Pluralistic Value 5. A Taxonomy of Privacy The Need for a Taxonomy of Privacy The Taxonomy Information Collection Information Processing Information Dissemination Invasion 6. Privacy: A New Understanding The Nature of Privacy Problems Privacy and Cultural Difference The Benefits of a Pluralistic Conception of Privacy The Future of Privacy Notes Index