itarian regimes, he saw the complete abrogation of personal privacy as their crowning In The Limits of Privacy, Amitai Etzioni, of George Washington Univer -. But in The Limits of Privacy, Amitai Etzioni offers a decidedly different point of view, in which the right to privacy is balanced against concern for public safety and. “Amitai Etzioni’s The Limits of Privacy offers much of what has been missing from contemporary public policy – thoughtful common sense. As a member of.

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Etzioni argues in this book that privacy claims have been accepted too often in recent decades at the expense of the civilized communitarian society for which Professor Etzioni is a pre-eminent advocate.

Etzooni such a value is not treated with the ultimate reverence accorded to an absolute value, because it is assumed that a privileged value might be curbed out of consideration for the claims of other values, the burden of proof is assumed to be on those who speak amitak other concerns.

What can be done about these Privacy Merchants? The book carefully dissects each issue, offering detailed statistics and addressing opposing viewpoints. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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As a member of Congress, I have thf astonished by the political might of those who advocate privacy at any cost – even if the cost is someone else’s life or well-being. The book shows that many infants die unnecessarily because the vast majority of states has not yet adopted a testing procedure which has worked in New York to identify and treat infected newborns.

Rather than decrying the loss of privacy, his first concern is safety and health. Hachette Book Group Language: If one considers rights a common good, one needs to balance them with other common goods. The book explores five specific current hot issues: Reprinted in Robert Emmet Long, ed. If a society were to respond to such frequent warnings by curbing rights in every instance, rights would erode rapidly, often without serving any true common good.


My approach is nourished by a social philosophy: While the criteria have just been introduced with examples of situations in which the public good may need to be given priority over privacy, it should be stressed that the same criteria also provide guidance when the societal balance tilts too far in the opposite direction, that is, when privacy is endangered and the concern for the common good must be scaled back.

As in previous books e. Second, if a communitarian society acts to counter a tangible and macroscopic danger, it ought to start by trying to cope with the danger without resorting to measures that might restrict privacy.

Should Public Health Override Privacy? On examining the issue of the privacy of medical records, the author sides with the advocates of individual privacy versus the community welfare.

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If one seeks a current book that is creating great controversy in the public policy field of privacy rights, “The Limits of Privacy” should fulfill your search.

The common goods this book focuses on, public safety and public health, are not two among many, but the mainstays of what are considered practically uncontested common goods. To privwcy it in the terms of reference employed here, it is argued that given that strong advocacy of privacy has not unbalanced the societal scales, there is no need to right them. Read more Read less.

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Previous presentations and applications of these criteria have been received favorably. Praise for The Limits of Privacy “Etzioni can always be counted on to pose thoughtful challenges to provacy wisdom.

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In still other cases such checkpoints have not been erected, as public authorities have feared being sued. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.


In this book, the common good wins out over privacy issues in most of the issues presented, namly universal identification, Megan’s law, testing infants for HIV, and encryption for online privacy. No one needs to read a book–let alone a philosophical tract amihai an extensive policy analysis–to be reminded that the right to be let alone is much cherished, that without privacy no society can long remain free.

Effectively summarizing the alarmist position about the loss of privacy, Sundby writes: The Politics of Privacy,” The second reason champions of privacy oppose adapting conceptions of privacy to contemporary social conditions–even when faced with the kind of evidence presented below, demonstrating specific significant public safety and public health deficits–is a widely shared belief that our emphasis on maintaining privacy has no negative consequences.

Nor can one ethically lay claims on others from which we exempt ourselves. When I refer to the “common good” or to the good societyone may fear that I am about to stray into some vague or preachy realm. The studies point to a rather different concept of privacy, developed in the last chapter.

See also Gabriel Rotello, Sexual Ecology: The following analysis proceeds on two levels: It is about our investment in the common good, about our profound sense of social virtue, and about our concern for public safety and public health. Users can mail in a few drops of blood ov a code name and then call for the results. This is a case of Big Bucks, not Big Brother, violating our privacy.