The Governance of Privacy : Policy Instruments in Global Perspective Paperback / softback
by Colin J. (Professor, University of Victoria) Bennett, Charles (Professor of Government, University of Edinburgh) Raab
Part of the The MIT Press series
Moreover, the protection of our personal information in a globalized, borderless world means that privacy-related policies are inextricably interdependent.
They consider two possible dynamics of privacy regulation-a "race to the bottom," with competitive deregulation by countries eager to attract global investment in information technology, versus "a race to the top," with the progressive establishment of global privacy standards. Bennett and Raab begin by discussing the goals of privacy protection, the liberal and individualist assumptions behind it, and the neglected relationship between privacy and social equity.
They describe and evaluate different policy instruments, including the important 1995 Directive on Data Protection from the European Union, as well as the general efficacy of the "top-down" statutory approach and self-regulatory and technological alternatives to it.
They evaluate the interrelationships of these policy instruments and their position in a global framework of regulation and policy by state and non-state actors. And finally, they consider whether all of this policy activity at international, national, and corporate levels necessarily means higher levels of privacy protection.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 382 pages
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/05/2006
- Category: Central government policies
- ISBN: 9780262524537