Jon Erman Kathleen Lenox MGMT 342 Privacy and Democracy
Why Care about Privacy? • Is privacy highly important to you? • Does the extent to which you value your privacy relate to the idea that you have “nothing to hide?” • Do you have a right to privacy? • Warren and Brandeis vs. Thomson (106, Baase)
Privacy and Autonomy • Is there a connection between privacy and the First Amendment? • “The idea of democracy is the idea that citizens have the freedom to exercise their autonomy…” (Johnson, Page 97) • Privacy as a social good
The Fourth Amendment • What constitutes unreasonable search and seizure? • Government records of toll collections, use of drones for surveillance
Data Mining • Marketers do not always use your personal information in the most accurate manner • Should the government be able to buy information from companies? • Information is often used for more than its original intended purpose • Should we be willing to sacrifice our privacy for greater causes, such as national security?
Other Search Warrant Subpoena
Identification Systems • What are the benefits of your BUID? How can this system be improved? • Would you advocate a system that stores all of your information were easily accessible at once?
Authoritarian vs. Democratic Societies Nazi Germany United States • Insert Pictures • Think of dystopian societies
Implications of Identification Systems Places like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and apartheid South Africa all had very robust identification systems. True, identification systems do not cause tyranny, but identification systems are very good administrative systems that tyrannies often use. -Jim Harper, Cat0 Institute (Baase, Page 96)
Privacy Act of 1974 • Restrict the data in federal government records to what are “relevant and necessary” to the legal purpose for which they are collected • Require federal agencies to publish a notice of their record systems in the Federal Register so that the public may learn about what databases exist • Allow people to access their records and correct inaccurate information • Require procedures to protect the security of the information in databases • Prohibit disclosure of information about a person without his or her consent (several exceptions)
Privacy and Personal Relationships Boss Friend What if all these people knew the same information about you? Significant Other Family Would relationships become devoid of meaning?
US vs. EU Privacy Laws • EU emphasizes regulation and centralization • US emphasizes contracts, consumer pressure, and flexibility of the market system • What are the implications of the EU’s stricter laws on international business?
Privacy and Democracy • Does privacy of your electronically-stored information relate to democracy?