Privacy: A Very Short Introduction

Privacy: A Very Short Introduction

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By (author) Raymond Wacks

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 172mm x 16mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199556539
  • ISBN 13: 9780199556533
  • Illustrations note: 16 black and white halftones
  • Sales rank: 283,294

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Professor Raymond Wacks is a leading international expert on privacy. For more than three decades he has published numerous books and articles on this controversial subject. Privacy is a fundamental value that is under attack from several quarters. Electronic surveillance, biometrics, CCTV, ID cards, RFID codes, online security, the monitoring of employees, the uses and misuses of DNA, - to name but a few - all raise fundamental questions about our right to privacy. This Very Short Introduction also analyzes the tension between free speech and privacy generated by intrusive journalism, photography, and gratuitous disclosures by the media of the private lives of celebrities. Professor Wacks concludes this stimulating introduction by considering the future of privacy in our society. 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.

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Author information

Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory, University of Hong Kong, and a leading authority on privacy. He has written many major publications on privacy over the last 30 years including Law, Morality, and the Private Domain (Hong Kong University Press, 2000); Privacy and Press Freedom (OUP, 1995), and many articles in academic journals.

Table of contents

1. The assault ; 2. An enduring value ; 3. A legal right ; 4. Privacy and free speech ; 5. Data protection ; 6. The death of privacy? ; Further reading