, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 107-112
Date: 19 Nov 2011

Daniel J. Solove, Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

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That information technology has eroded privacy has been a common theme of the literature since the mid to late 1990s. Time was when we could go about our daily business and enjoy considerable de facto privacy: No cameras would document our trip to or browsing in the department store; only a handful of people would notice us at all. We paid cash, leaving no credit card record. Maybe no one but the cashier would see what we bought, and odds were that he would forget before the end of his shift. Thus it went for countless other routines.

So much for the old days: Now more and more that we do, from swiping our IDs at the office to having medical exams, lays down a digital record. This information can be aggregated and mined to permit sometimes dead-on inferences about our health, preferences, and future behavior. It can then be delivered far and wide, often without our consent or even knowledge.

This trend alarms Daniel Solove. With a number of fine articles over the last decade and three we ...