A Brief History of Privacy

  • Daniel Marshall
  • Terry Thomas


Privacy has evolved over the years from that which existed in simple rural communities to that of today’s complex cities. This chapter looks at the Elizabethan age of spies and intrigue through to the Victorians and their forms of identification by fingerprints, photographs and the collection of criminal records. Today the protection of privacy in the digital age with large databases and other sophisticated technology raises questions of data protection and legal rights to privacy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Marshall
    • 1
  • Terry Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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