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Privacy, Surveillance, and the New Media You

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Edward Lee Lamoureux

Very little in the American way of life functions adequately under surveillance.  Democracy itself may be at mortal risk due to the loss of privacy and the increase in surveillance.

Examining challenges in a wide range of contexts, this book investigates and critically examines our systems of data management, including the ways that data are collected, exchanged, analyzed, and re-purposed.

The volume calls for re-establishing personal privacy as a societal norm and priority, requiring action on the part of everyone at personal, societal, business, and governmental levels. Because new media products and services are professionally designed and implemented to be frictionless and highly rewarding, change is difficult and solutions are not easy. This volume provides insight into challenges and recommended solutions.

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Chapter 5: FIP 3: One Use Should Not Bind Them All

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FIP 3

One Use Should Not Bind Them All

I gave you all/And you rip it from my hands/And you swear it’s all gone.

—“I Gave You All,” Marcus O. J. Mumford, Edward J. M. Dwane, Benjamin W. D. Lovett, and Winston A. A. Marshall

There must be a way for an individual to prevent information about him obtained for one purpose from being used or made available for other purposes without his consent.

—FIP 3, Records, Computers, and the Rights of Citizens

Although each of the FIPs is important, and arguments can be made in favor of any one of the five being the most critical, the third FIP seems to be the most attuned to the views of typical US citizen-users. The full title of a 2016 report from the Pew Research Center captures the sense of it: “Privacy and Information Sharing: Many Americans Say They Might Provide Personal Information, Depending on the Deal Being Offered and How Much Risk They Face” (Rainie and Duggan 2016). Americans’ everyday media consumption and ubiquitous digital use attest to their powerful attraction to new media products and services. On the face of it, there seems little reason to suspect that Americans retain any concern for privacy or the uses to which their personal data are put. ← 81 | 82 →

Yet, results of survey research appear to indicate that Americans are very concerned...

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