A taxonomy of privacy

Wednesday, 20 April 2005, 11:04 AM EST

Privacy is a concept in disarray. Nobody can articulate what it means. As one commentator has observed, privacy suffers from "an embarrassment of meanings." Privacy is far too vague a concept to guide adjudication and lawmaking, as abstract incantations of the importance of "privacy" do not fare well when pitted against more concretely-stated countervailing interests.

By Daniel Solove at SSRN.

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