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Privacy and the Internet

  1. Norman E. Bowie

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee147

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Bowie, N. E. 2013. Privacy and the Internet. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

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When thinking about privacy and the Internet, one faces a paradox. There is both too much privacy and too little. Moreover, while some are deeply concerned about loss of privacy on the Internet, many Internet users do not seem to value privacy much. Any authoritative discussion on privacy needs to take into account these conflicting considerations.


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