Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

No More Privacy *

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

No More Privacy *

Article excerpt

Your privacy is under attack! Four groups are responsible for this: those who want something for nothing (identity thieves); those who want something in exchange for something else, often a worthless lagniappe (businesses); those who want to protect themselves (store owners with their ubiquitous surveillance systems); and those who want to protect you (the government). None of these entities care at all about you as an individual. If they did, they would honor the Constitution and its Fourth Amendment which offers an explicit and implicit right to privacy. This is supplemented by the precedent setting 1890 article by Warren and Brandeis which insists that we have "the right to be let alone." Astonishingly, many empowered officials have agreed with this and that is why we have hundreds of municipal ordinances, state and federal statutes, and state and federal case laws that protect against specific privacy abrogations. But that is precisely the problem: We do not have an overriding privacy directive. Thus, no one may visit my local video emporium in order to discover what pornographic films I have been viewing, but American Express, Sprint, DirecTV, and the INS acting for the FBI can demand my social security number. …

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