• ‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

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    SSRN‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy
    Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University Law School

    San Diego Law Review, Vol. 44, p. 745, 2007
    GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 289

    Abstract:
    In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing to hide argument. When asked about government surveillance and data mining, many people respond by declaring: “I’ve got nothing to hide.” According to the nothing to hide argument, there is no threat to privacy unless the government uncovers unlawful activity, in which case a person has no legitimate justification to claim that it remain private. The nothing to hide argument and its variants are quite prevalent, and thus are worth addressing. In this essay, Solove critiques the nothing to hide argument and exposes its faulty underpinnings.

    Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

    Keywords: privacy, nothing to hide, data mining, surveillance

    JEL Classification: C80, D80
    Accepted Paper Series

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    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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