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Privacy in Peril: How We Are Sacrificing a Fundamental Right in Exchange for Security and Convenienceby James B. Rule
Synopses & Reviews
We are all accustomed to privacy horror stories, like identity theft, where stored personal data gets misdirected for criminal purposes. But we should worry less about the illegal uses of personal data, James B. Rule argues, and worry a lot more about the perfectly legal uses of our data by the government and private industry, uses which are far more widespread and far more dangerous to our interests than we'd ever suspect.
This provocative book takes readers on a probing, far-reaching tour of the erosion of privacy in American society, showing that we are often unwitting accomplices, providing personal data in exchange for security or convenience. The
James B. Rule is Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. A former fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, he is the
A thought-provoking study reveals that legal uses of our personal information by the government and private industry are more widespread and more dangerous to our interests than we would ever suspect, in an incisive analysis of the erosion of privacy in American society.
Table of Contents
The making of an issue — The tensions of privacy and disclosure — Privacy regimes in turmoil — Blaming technology — The idea of privacy protection — Legislating privacy protection — Spreading shadows — Constraints and countercurrents — Government surveillance — Government surveillance in America — Parallels abroad — The coalescence of government surveillance — Conclusion — Personal data in the marketplace: credit, insurance and advertising — The United States : a virtually free market for personal information — Markets abroad : the American model versus privacy constraints — Surveillance in motion — Safe harbor — Some rare privacy victories — Conclusion — The future of privacy — Privacy protection : the official response — Privacy codes : a balance sheet — Origins of the conflict — The destination — Collapsing resistance? — "Needs," "purposes," and "consent" — Some uncomfortable futures — Ground to stand on — Conclusion: where do we go from here?
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