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The Privacy Fallacy: Harm and Power in the Information Economy

ISBN13: 9781108995443
Published: November 2023
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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Our privacy is besieged by tech companies. Companies can do this because our laws are built on outdated ideas that trap lawmakers, regulators, and courts into wrong assumptions about privacy, resulting in ineffective legal remedies to one of the most pressing concerns of our generation. Drawing on behavioral science, sociology, and economics, Ignacio Cofone challenges existing laws and reform proposals and dispels enduring misconceptions about data-driven interactions. This exploration offers readers a holistic view of why current laws and regulations fail to protect us against corporate digital harms, particularly those created by AI. Cofone then proposes a better response: meaningful accountability for the consequences of corporate data practices, which ultimately entails creating a new type of liability that recognizes the value of privacy.

  • A unified critique of privacy laws from different jurisdictions
  • Highlights the hidden ways privacy is eroded by technology companies' data practices
  • Develops public policy by drawing on behavioral science

Data Protection, IT, Internet and Artificial Intelligence Law
1. The traditionalist approach to privacy
2. The privacy myths: rationality and apathy
3. The consent illusion
4. Manipulation by design
5. Traditionalist data protection rules
6. Pervasive data harms
7. Privacy as corporate accountability