Why Privacy Matters


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.47 X 9.54 X 1.15 inches | 1.14 pounds
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About the Author

Neil Richards is one of the world's leading experts in privacy law, information law, and freedom of expression. He holds the Koch Distinguished Professorship at Washington University School of Law, where he co-directs the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law. He is also an affiliate scholar with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and the Yale Information Society Project, a Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and a consultant and expert in privacy cases. Richards serves on the board of the Future of Privacy Forum and is a member of the American Law Institute. He is the author of Intellectual Privacy (Oxford).


Neil Richards argues powerfully and eloquently about the importance of privacy in our lives and society. Insightful and nuanced, but also very accessible and clear, Why Privacy Matters is essential reading for anyone concerned about individual identity and freedom in a world where digital
technologies are spinning out of control. -- Daniel J. Solove, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School, and author of Understanding Privacy

Why Privacy Matters is a terrific synthesis of the literature on privacy and surveillance. It is also an insightful contribution to our understanding of those profoundly important areas of life. Every page provides provocative grist for discussion. Richards's conception of 'the situated consumer'
is especially valuable for helping scholars, policymakers, and citizens to think about the data-collection thicket that marks our twenty-first century. -- Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Media Systems and Industries, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Voice Catchers: How
Marketers Listen in to Exploit Your Feelings, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet

Privacy is not dead: it's the only power we have in an accelerating information society. Neil Richards offers us not just a clear-sighted defense of privacy but also a wise and humane set of guidelines for protecting it. Have the 'Privacy Conversation' with Richards; you will emerge enlightened--and
even inspired--about the choices we face and the rules we still can make to govern the flow of our information. -- Sarah E. Igo, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University, and author of The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

Neil Richards persuasively lays down precisely why we, humans, should and must continue to apply notions and standards of privacy and data protection--even in a seemingly all-surveilling world. While reinforcing the critical importance of current regulation, he provides timely reasoning as to why
our societies and governments must equally and urgently apply energy to defining, evolving, and refining the rules that enable and maintain personal empowerment in this Information Age. This book nails the case for why 'privacy is dead' is a cop-out. -- Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner for