Privacy, invasion of privacy, attacks on privacy – never seems to be out of the news. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook theme seems to be that privacy is a thing of the past. Much of the behaviour of people in social networks would tend to suggest that attitudes to privacy have changed greatly.
Helen Nissenbaum provides some to the background – what we mean by privacy, why it may be a good thing for the individual, why it may be a good thing for society. And she considers the impact of changes in technology:
- ‘democratization of database technologies
- information mobility
- information aggregation
- individuals publishing information about themselves
- posting information about others on one’s web page
- capacity to monitor and track others’ activities