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Published: 26 March 2015

176 Pages | 12 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198725947

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Privacy: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Raymond Wacks

Very Short Introductions

  • Examines our need for privacy and why it is valued so highly, as well as what constitutes an invasion of privacy
  • Considers the issues of privacy and security, privacy and the paparazzi, and the protection of personal data
  • Discusses the importance of privacy in debates about law and ethics
  • Puts privacy in its wider social context by including examples of its sociological and psychological impact
  • Raymond Wacks is an expert on the legal protection of privacy and how this protection varies in different countries
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • Updated to discuss the Leveson Inquiry in 2012, one of the most comprehensive investigations into the ethics and practice of the media, with a section devoted to privacy and media intrusion
  • Examines the extent of surveillance by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) in light of the revelations by Edward Snowden, and highlights a number of issues related to the balance between security and privacy
  • Offers up-to-date discussion of PETS (privacy enhancing technology) and encryption
  • Addresses continuing questions surrounding privacy on Facebook, Twitter, Google's increase in monitoring online activity, the growing use of CCTV, hacking, identity theft, and the advent of Big Data
  • Includes updates related to recent changes in Europe with regards the protection given to individuals by the European Convention on Human Rights

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