Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Pg. 99: Daniel Solove's "Understanding Privacy"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove.

About the book, from the publisher:
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.
Read an excerpt from Understanding Privacy, and learn more about the book at the Understanding Privacy website.

Daniel J. Solove is a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. His previous books include The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press 2007) and The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU Press 2004).

The Page 99 Test: The Future of Reputation.

The Page 99 Test: Understanding Privacy.

--Marshal Zeringue