Perspectives of Privacy: Technology History and Academic Theories

Chapter Overview

Privacy has been a difficult topic to understand given its amorphous nature and changing social and technological context. Previously, it was possible to have solitude in one’s home and anonymity in public spaces. Now with the Internet, mobile phones, surveillance cameras, and the “Internet of Things” devices, these privacy states are not as possible as they once were. Indeed, the relationship between technology and privacy is a topic that academics have been wrestling with for years (Milne and Bahl 2010; Smith 2000). In this chapter, you will learn about the history of privacy and technology. In addition, you will be introduced to the major theories ...

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