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Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide?

Anita Allen


Can the government stick us with privacy we don't want? It can, it does, and according to this author, may need to do more of it. Privacy is a foundational good, she argues, a necessary tool in the liberty-lover’s kit for a successful life. A nation committed to personal freedom must be prepared to mandate inalienable, liberty-promoting privacies for its people, whether they eagerly embrace them or not. The eight chapters of this book are reflections on public regulation of privacy at home; isolation and confinement for punitive and health reasons; religious modesty attire; erotic nudity; work ... More

Keywords: privacy, confidentiality, data protection, paternalism, coercion, internet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195141375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anita Allen, author
University of Pennsylvania

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Part One Normative Foundations

Part Two Physical Privacies: Seclusion and Concealment

Part Three Information Privacies: Confidentiality and Data Protection

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