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Price: $11.95

Format:
Paperback 184 pp.
12 b/w illustrations, 111 mm x 174 mm

ISBN-10:
0198725949

ISBN-13:
9780198725947

Publication date:
March 2015

Imprint: OUP UK

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Privacy

A Very Short Introduction, Second Edition

Raymond Wacks

Series : Very Short Introductions

Some would argue that scarcely a day passes without a new assault on our privacy. In the wake of the whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent of surveillance conducted by the security services in the United States, Britain, and elsewhere, concerns about individual privacy have significantly increased. The Internet generates risks, unimagined even twenty years ago, to the security and integrity of information in all its forms.

The manner in which information is collected, stored, exchanged, and used has changed forever; and with it, the character of the threats to individual privacy. The scale of accessible private data generated by the phenomenal growth of blogs, social media, and other contrivances of our information age pose disturbing threats to our privacy. And the hunger for gossip continues to fuel sensationalist media that frequently degrade the notion of a private domain to which we reasonably lay claim.

In the new edition of this Very Short Introduction, Raymond Wacks looks at all aspects of privacy to include numerous recent changes, and considers how this fundamental value might be reconciled with competing interests such as security and freedom of expression.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Readership : Students of politics, law, philosophy, media studies, and sociology, as well as general readers interested in the topic.

Preface
1. Privacy in peril
2. An enduring value
3. A legal right
4. Privacy and freedom of expression
5. Data protection
6. The death of privacy?
References
Further reading
Index

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Raymond Wacks is a leading international authority on privacy. For almost four decades he has published numerous books and articles on the subject including The Protection of Privacy (Sweet & Maxwell, 1980); Personal Information: Privacy and the Law, (OUP, 1989); Privacy, a two-volume collection of essays (Dartmouth and New York University Press, 1993), Privacy and Press Freedom (Blackstone, 1995), and Privacy and Media Freedom (OUP, 2013). He has served on and advised privacy law reform commissions in a number of countries, and is a member of the editorial boards of several privacy-related journals and non-governmental organizations. He has also published numerous books and articles on various aspects of law, including Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory 3rd edn (OUP, 2012), Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction 2nd edn (OUP, 2014), and Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008).

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Special Features

  • Examines our need for privacy and why it is valued so highly, as well as what constitutes an invasion of privacy.
  • Considers the issues of privacy and security, privacy and the paparazzi, and the protection of personal data.
  • Discusses the importance of privacy in debates about law and ethics.
  • Puts privacy in its wider social context by including examples of its sociological and psychological impact.
  • Raymond Wacks is an expert on the legal protection of privacy and how this protection varies in different countries.
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide.