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Privacy RevisitedA Global Perspective on the Right to Be Left Alone$
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Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199315215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315215.001.0001

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Bringing Meiklejohn to Privacy: On the Essential Complementarity of Privacy and Speech

(p.173) Chapter 7 Conclusion
Privacy Revisited

Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr.

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter brings this project to an end and draws on the iconic work of Professor Alexander Meiklejohn to mount a sustained argument that privacy and speech are, at bottom, fundamentally complementary, rather than conflicting, human rights. Meiklejohn famously argued that free speech merited constitutional protection because it was integral to the process of democratic self-government. This chapter argues that in the era of Big Data, privacy is no less integral to democratic self-government than speech. It also considers the ways in which privacy and speech are more complementary then we commonly suppose them to be, because privacy and speech are both necessary conditions for democracy to function. This chapter also provides a summary and overview of some of the more salient potential lessons that a comparative law survey of privacy law provides.

Keywords:   privacy, speech, democracy, Big Data, Meiklejohn, comparative law, self-government

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