Privacy Law and the Internet
Ray Everett-Church, PrivacyClue LLC
Understanding privacy is a true challenge, in no small part due the difficulty in defining the concept of privacy itself. The textbook definition of privacy only begins to scratch the surface of a deeply complex issue, made all the more complex because of the strong personal feelings evoked by privacy breaches. Accounting for privacy concerns can be a daunting task, especially when one is building Internet-based services and technologies whose success can depend on not offending consumers' mercurial sensibilities about the value of their privacy versus the value of those services that depend on free-flowing personal data.
This chapter discusses the roots of privacy law, including the different ways privacy matters are dealt with under constitutional law, statutes, and common law. With the fundamentals established, ...