Chapter 3

Privacy

Abstract

This chapter discusses the concept of personal privacy and how augmented reality and related technologies will challenge our notions of what is and is not private. It begins with an in-depth overview of how the law defines privacy, and where pertinent legal protections come from. Because of the First Amendment and our nation’s profound commitment to the free and open exchange of ideas, protecting privacy is typically an exception rather than a rule in our legal system. Various privacy rights are found in a patchwork quilt of laws and regulations rather than in one central definition of the term.

The most obvious way that wearable technologies implicate privacy is by enabling surveillance and sousveillance, so this ...

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