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Privacy Rights in the Digital Age

This encyclopedia discusses the practical, political, psychological, and philosophical challenges we face as technological advances have changed the landscape of traditional notions of privacy.

“Big Data” applications of every sort now permeate our social and civic lives: Orwellian government surveillance in the name of national security; Supreme Court-sanctioned collection of DNA “fingerprints” of criminal suspects; targeted online advertisements tailored to our supposed interests and desires on the basis of our personal online histories; wearable computers with camera and recording features; and GPS systems build into our cell phones that track every movement—such developments no longer shock or even very much surprise us. After considering all this, the real question remains: How are we to maintain privacy rights without sacrificing our technological interests?

 In over 600 easy-to-understand, information-packed pages, this encyclopedia provides:

  • Over 250 original articles that cover Laws, Legal Cases, Events, Organizations, Individuals, Technology, and important Terms
  • Coverage is international in scope, with an emphasis on U.S. Legal, Technological, Educational, Corporate, and Social Contexts
  • An informative Introduction provides readers with a solid background of the subject matter
  • Primary Source Documents
  • Chronology, Glossary, Bibliography, Subject Index

Coverage is detailed and far-reaching. Entries include social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat; amendments in the Bill of Rights most relevant to privacy rights—the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth; and significant Supreme Court cases responsible for shaping our country’s current understanding of privacy rights in a digital age.

Just as important are entries that discuss the theoretical and philosophical basis for our understanding of the concept of privacy, extending from the writings of Aristotle and other Greek philosophers to whistleblowers such as Mark Klein and Edward Snowden. WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, sexting, and emails are just some of the contemporary aspects of privacy rights that this book explores.

Many entries include photographs and illustrations, including cartoons by Herbert Block, an American editorial cartoonist and author known for his commentaries on national domestic and foreign policy. The backmatter continues with a reprint of the Privacy Rights Act of 1974, Glossary of terms, two valuable tables listing court cases and statutes related to privacy rights, and Index.

Designed for undergraduates, high school students, and general non-specialists, Privacy Rights in the Digital Age presents a current, balanced, and reliable collection of material to map the emerging privacy terrain in an easy-to-understand, thought-provoking manner.

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Pub. Date: April 2019
Softcover: 746 pages
ISBN: 978-1-64265-077-8
Price: $165
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e-ISBN: 978-1-64265-078-5
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“Rights in the Digital Age may serve as the definitive reference work on the subject of contemporary privacy rights. The general editor aspires to assist scholars in researching broad academic issues, students in seeking introductory material, and practitioners in searching for the origins of particular legal doctrines. The editor is Christopher T. Anglim, Associate Professor/Archivist/Reference Librarian at University of the District of Columbia, and the advisory editor for the book is Professor Jane E. Kirtley, JD, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism. Together, along with over 60 distinguished contributors, they have made a substantial contribution to the understanding of a significant current issue that influences our daily living and quality of life. This volume discusses the practical, political, psychological, and philosophical challenges individuals face as technological advances transform the landscape of traditional concepts of privacy during the digital age. Scholars define the digital age, also called the information age, as the time period starting in the 1970s with the introduction of the personal computer. Data collection applications saturate our social and civic lives: government surveillance in the name of national security, Supreme Court-sanctioned collection of DNA fingerprints of criminal suspects, targeted online ads tailored to our interests based on personal search histories, wearable computers with camera and recording devices, and cell phone GPS capabilities to track our every movement. As Kirtley points out, there is a paradox of privacy. “On one hand, we benefit from the easy exchange of personal information through digital communications. On the other, we give up some degree of control about what happens to that information.” This volume explores issues related to this paradox. Enlightening entries vary in length depending on the subject matter. The writing style is concise and the editor’s topic selection offers readers a noteworthy collection of pertinent information. The book has 712 A-Z entries, an informative introduction, and appropriate font size and line spacing. It also contains bullet point information, bold font titles, primary source documents, a glossary, a bibliography, a subject index, a table of statutes, and a chronology of privacy rights. In addition, over 150 original articles cover laws, legal cases, events, organizations, individuals, technology, and important terms. Moreover, coverage is international in scope with an emphasis on U. S. legal, technological, educational, corporate, and social contexts. Privacy Rights in the Digital Age mirrors the editor’s expertise and dedication to excellence. This encyclopedia reflects a sincere effort to meet the needs of students, scholars, and inquiring minds. Readers will likely feel motivated to peruse topics unrelated to a specific inquiry because the topic selection and writing style encourages further investigation. Library acquisition decision-makers will consider this book a welcomed addition to their research collection.” -ARBA
~ Privacy Rights in the Digital Age Review ~