Too Much Info: Data Surveillance and Reasons to Favor the Control Account of the Right to Privacy

Res Publica 27 (2):287-302 (2020)
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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that there is at least a pro tanto reason to favor the control account of the right to privacy over the access account of the right to privacy. This conclusion is of interest due to its relevance for contemporary discussions related to surveillance policies. We discuss several ways in which the two accounts of the right to privacy can be improved significantly by making minor adjustments to their respective definitions. We then test the improved versions of the two accounts on a test case, to see which account best explains the violation that occurs in the case. The test turns out in favor of the control account.

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Jakob Mainz
Aalborg University (PhD)

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