Toward an approach to privacy in public: Challenges of information technology

Helen Nissenbaum

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This article highlights a contemporary privacy problem that falls outside the scope of dominant theoretical approaches. Although these approaches emphasize the connection between privacy and a protected personal (or intimate) sphere, many individuals perceive a threat to privacy in the widespread collection of information even in realms normally considered "public." In identifying and describing the problem of privacy in public, this article is preliminary work in a larger effort to map out future theoretical directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalEthics and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Information technology
  • Privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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