Chapter 5: Technology and Privacy

Chapter 5: Technology and Privacy

Computer Technology to Balance Accountability and Anonymity in Self-regulatory Privacy Regimes (1)

Lance J. Hoffman Karen A. Metivier Carreiro Cyberspace Policy Institute, class of Engineering and used Science The George Washington University Washington, DC 20052

As well as the generally speaking accepted concept of privacy as ” the best to be kept alone, ” privacy has become a “broad, all-encompassing concept that envelops a complete host of individual issues about different kinds of intrusive behavior, including wiretapping, surreptitious real surveillance, and mail interception. People claim the right of privacy for an range that is enormously wide of from the straight to exercise contraception or have an abortion to your right to help keep bank documents private” Flaherty 1989. These claims have expanded to include the right to keep one’s trail of sites visited on the World Wide Web confidential in recent years.

In order to implement “privacy” in some type of computer system, we want a more definition that is precise. We need to determine whenever and under exactly just just what conditions to provide down information that is personal. Especially, we should determine when you should enable anonymous deals and when you should need accountability. If you will find subgroups in culture, or nations, with differing ideas in regards to the responses to these concerns, technology can, up to a big extent, accomodate each group. There doesn’t fundamentally need to be only 1 privacy regime. Less legislation and much more user option can be done now; technology can offer every individual with settings fine-tuned for the total amount of privacy and accessibilty they choose.

This paper first defines exactly just how accountability and privacy may be balanced to permit individual control whenever possible, community norms as soon as the user desires conflict, and (finally) federal government legislation as soon as the norms regarding the grouped communities differ.