Standing in the Footprint: Including the Self in the Privacy Debate and Policy Development



Personal information can be considered a shared good, since in many cases this information is accessed, used and distributed by more than just the individual. Thus, how personal information is defined or characterized and why it is valued differs based on whether or not one is the person whom the information describes. This article shows how current debates that influence policy and regulation are largely based on economic and social frameworks, points out policy issues that are evident due to the absence of a “self-perspective,” and suggests how inclusion of the “self” might lead to more effective policy in the future.