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Why Privacy Matters

Neil Richards


Many people tell us that privacy is dead, or that it is dying, but such talk is a dangerous fallacy. This book explains what privacy is, what privacy isn’t, and why privacy matters. Privacy is the extent to which human information is known or used, and it is fundamentally about the social power that human information provides over other people. The best way to ensure that power is checked and channeled in ways that benefit humans and their society is through rules—rules about human information. And because human information rules of some sort are inevitable, we should craft our privacy rules t ... More

Keywords: privacy, data protection, privacy theory, privacy law, civil liberties, consumer protection, technology, big data, data science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939045
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Richards, author
Professor of Law, Washington University