The Right to Privacy

Privacy is protected by law in many countries and by international law. Read section 5.3, which discusses privacy rights and the laws that protect privacy. Make note of what is considered to be privacy and what is protected by the US constitution, by the United Nations (UN), and by the European Union (EU).

1. The right to privacy

Privacy is a value, an interest, a right or a good. It can be analysed from an ethical perspective (as a value, a virtue or duty), from an economic perspective (as a utility, a preference or an interest), and from the perspective of political theory (as a public and a private good). In this work, we will focus on the legal perspective, tracing positive law on the subject of privacy. Below, we will discuss the right to privacy from the perspectives of constitutional, international and supranational law, ending with a discussion of art. 8 of the ECHR.

Source: Mel Bochner,
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