Toward A Theory Of Privacy Essay

1065 Words Dec 12th, 2015 null Page
In “Towards a Theory of Privacy in the information Age,” James H. Moor explains greased information, the foundation and nature of privacy, and the adjustment of policies to ensure privacy under certain situations before proposing a control/restricted access theory of privacy. Moor argues that one of the problems of privacy is that once information is exposed, others can have access to it and use it, sometimes without consent. He then claims that privacy is not a core value, or an essential value shared by all cultures, but that privacy is indeed essential in what he calls our system of values. Overall, Moor argues that it is important for us to think of privacy as a control/restricted access account because it encourages informed consent and protects our privacy. Despite Moor’s claims and suggested control/restricted access theory of privacy, he neglects the possible benefits obtained through the exposure of information by focusing on the harms and risks that may result from it. I argue that the concerns discussed in the article can be solved, or avoided, with different approaches rather than the theory of privacy suggested. A control/restricted access theory of privacy would not be necessary if we as a society focused on informing people on how to protect their information and creating policies ensure that consent is given before sharing private information about an individual. Moor argues that we must learn to benefit from today’s computerized culture without allowing…

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