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Information, Access, or Intimate Decisions About Our Actions? The Content of Privacy

Julie C. Inness

in Privacy, Intimacy, and Isolation

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780195104608
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195104609.003.0005
Information, Access, or Intimate Decisions About Our Actions? The Content of Privacy

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Someone possesses privacy to the extent that she has control over certain aspects of her life. What is the content of privacy? Does privacy regulate information about ourselves, access to ourselves, or does it focus on intimate decisions about our actions? Philosophers such as James Rachels, Ruth Gavison, and the Supreme Court all disagree about the scope of privacy. I suggest that the various areas protected by privacy are linked by the common denominator of intimacy – privacy's content covers intimate information, access, and decisions.

Keywords: Ruth Gavison; intimacy; privacy; James Rachels; Supreme Court

Chapter.  7431 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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