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Regulatory provisions for privacy protection

Charles Raab

in The glass consumer

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861347350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303831 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347350.003.0003
Regulatory provisions for privacy protection

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This chapter explores existing regulation and instruments for protecting consumers' personal information in the UK. It notes that the efficacy of regulation is far from clear, as the tools employed are outstripped by the complexity of the world. It explains that personal information cannot be protected sufficiently at the level of single national jurisdiction and nations such as the US do not have comprehensive legislation, leaving consumers with a patchwork of protection. It concludes by expressing the need to build a new and more joined-up framework of protection that conceives of privacy more broadly, recognising its social value and the contribution groups within civil society can bring to the debate.

Keywords: privacy protection; personal information; regulation; consumers; legislation; civil society

Chapter.  7618 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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