The Governance of Privacy
Policy Instruments in Global Perspective
Bennett and Raab begin by discussing the goals of privacy protection, the liberal and individualist assumptions behind it, and the neglected relationship between privacy and social equity. They describe and evaluate different policy instruments, including the important 1995 Directive on Data Protection from the European Union, as well as the general efficacy of the "top-down" statutory approach and self-regulatory and technological alternatives to it. They evaluate the interrelationships of these policy instruments and their position in a global framework of regulation and policy by state and non-state actors. And finally, they consider whether all of this policy activity at international, national, and corporate levels necessarily means higher levels of privacy protection.
Paperback$40.00 X ISBN: 9780262524537 382 pp. | 6 in x 9 in
A fresh and direct approach to the issues at stake, leaving the reader with the recognition that privacy protection is indissolubly bound up with social and economic policy issues of modern society.
A tour de force. In this book, two political scientists present the result of a decade of scrutiny of information privacy regulatory practices. It also offers an extremely insightful analysis of different dimensions of information privacy laws in different countries.
Brooklyn Law School
Unavoidable for all those interested in the architecture of privacy protection and in using it to better preserve and enhance our privacy.
European Data Protection Supervisor
Regulating privacy and data protection must be focused on outcomes, not mindless legal compliance. More and more private and public organizations are recognizing the sensitivity and importance of the issues. This wide-ranging and thought-provoking book guides policy makers and regulators to identify and elaborate the outcomes which need to be pursued. It is also a stimulating resource for others who want or need to wrestle with rationale, method, and result.
This book should be required reading for any serious student or practitioner concerned about the privacy of personal information in our globally networked society.
William H. Dutton
Director, Oxford Internet Institute
The Governance of Privacy is required reading for those of us seriously concerned about the politics of privacy and data protection in the global information age.
former Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia