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Expert: Need for Privacy Trumps Cultural Differences

PRIVACY

June 28, 2011

In a blog post for the Center for Democracy & Technology's "CDT Fellows Focus" series, Omer Tene, associate professor at the College of Management School of Law, analyzes the cultural perceptions of privacy in the U.S. and Europe. "While the psychological need for and social value of privacy are universal," Tene says, "legal and societal privacy norms diverge to the extent that we must ask whether we are speaking about the same thing." In highlighting "the varying cultural perceptions of privacy," Tene asserts that "it is not simple, then, to determine whether there is 'more' privacy east or west of the Atlantic."
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