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Opinion: Privacy Has a Deeper Purpose

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 27, 2013

Beginning with the premise that the last major privacy law in the U.S., the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, was passed in 1986 and calls for changes to it persist, The Atlantic examines the question of why privacy matters. “Privacy should have a deeper purpose than the one ascribed to it by those who treat it as a currency to be traded for innovation,” the report suggests, referencing Georgetown University Law Prof. Julie E. Cohen’s forthcoming Harvard Law Review article. Cohen suggests privacy is not a "fixed condition or attribute…whose boundaries can be crisply delineated by the application of deductive logic. Privacy is shorthand for breathing room to engage in the process of...self-development."
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