Information Age Ethics: Privacy Ground Rules for Navigating in Cyberspace

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This article examines implications of computer-sifted information: What happens when that information is reshuffled and used for other purposes than originally intended? Historical concepts of the philosophy of privacy are examined, essentially to demonstrate that a lack of clear precedent further confuses a fast-changing situation. The author argues that, a 100-odd years ago, advancing media technology prompted Louis Brandeis to proclaim a right to be let alone—but in the intervening years we have not been particularly effective in developing proactive ethics and policy to deal with privacy issues. One case, a bill to restrict access to motor vehicle information, is cited as an example of proactive legislation; without advocating specific legislation, the author calls for increased foresight in the issue of technology and privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mass Media Ethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Philosophy


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