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Response: Violations of Contextual Integrity: The Washingtonienne and The Phantom Professor

The model of contextual integrity which Nissenbaum posits in chapter 7 of her book Privacy in Context offers a good benchmark for determining whether the blogs by Washingtonienne and the Phantom Professor described in Daniel Solove’s chapter “Gossip and The Virtues of Knowing Less” can be justly deemed violations of privacy over  the public medium of the … Continue reading

Instagram Debacle

http://theweek.com/article/index/238165/instagrams-privacy-policy-retreat-too-late Here is an article briefly highlighting the recent rage over instagram’s change in privacy policy. Was this grammatical confusion? Or was this an intentional change to grant instagram rights to sell? In either case, what do you make of the quick correction and reversion to the old terms? What does this say about consumer … Continue reading

Summary: Facebook Privacy Policy–Meant to protect users or a corporation?

Facebook’s terms of service is a well structured document about their privacy policy that is intended to inform users of their rights and obligations. The fact that this privacy policy is written in clear, easy to read English, has bullet points, and easy to navigate with subtitles shows that it is user friendly and that … Continue reading

Summary: Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation, Ch. 5-8

New technology makes old problems of privacy more complex (Godkin: curiosity was the “chief enemy of privacy in modern life”). 1890: Lawyers Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis wrote “The Right to Privacy,” advocating that the law could provide solutions to violation of privacy. In particular, they laid grounds for a tort remedy – being able … Continue reading

Summary: Privacy Laws in Canada

Privacy in Canada is primarily regulated through two federal laws, the Privacy Act—regulating government and public sector institutions—and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)—regulating certain private sector, profit and not-for-profit organizations. The Privacy Act (1983) puts restrictions upon “the collection, use and disclosure of personal information” (Office of the Privacy Commissioner Of … Continue reading

Summary: Daniel J. Solove’s “Gossip and the Virtues of Knowing Less”

Privacy is a fraught term just as democracy, especially the free speech argument that underlies it. It is difficult to pinpoint what constitutes privacy and where the private/public borderline begin, end or collapse and overlap. Different people in different contexts consider privacy differently (time and situation, culture, individual and community values and interests), Thus privacy … Continue reading

Summary: WordPress’ “fascinating terms of service”

When a user signs up for a WordPress.com account, he agrees to the “fascinating terms of service,” as the people at Auttomatic, Inc. describe them. The very first paragraph of these fairly short and easy to read terms of service, after encouraging the users to express themselves freely, reminds them to be responsible in what … Continue reading

Summary: Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation, Ch. 1-4

Discusses the “Birth of the Blog” and whether those participating are participating as journalists or diarists Identifies a problem with “diarists” as those who are blogging are “getting younger and younger” (24) Questions the strength of online connections stating that “Frew social network sties allow users to distinguish between close friends and mere acquaintances” (27) … Continue reading

Summary: Helen Nissenbaum’s Privacy in Context, Ch. 4-6

Chapter 4: Locating the Value in Privacy Ruth Gavison (1980) argues that a neutral conception of privacy, without any inherent value judgements, is important because it allows us to discuss privacy independently of whether that privacy is good or bad, acknowledging that different levels of privacy may be better or worse in different contexts Jeroen … Continue reading