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The Resource American privacy : the 400-year history of our most contested right, Frederick S. Lane

American privacy : the 400-year history of our most contested right, Frederick S. Lane

Label
American privacy : the 400-year history of our most contested right
Title
American privacy
Title remainder
the 400-year history of our most contested right
Statement of responsibility
Frederick S. Lane
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A sweeping story of the right to privacy as it sped along colonial postal routes, telegraph wires, and today's fiber-optic cables on a collision course with presidents and programmers, librarians and letter-writers." ""The history of America is the history of the right to privacy," writes Frederick S. Lane in this vivid and penetrating exploration of our most hotly debated constitutional right. From Governor William Bradford opening colonists' mail bound for England, to President George W. Bush's expansive domestic wiretapping, the motivations behind government surveillance have changed little despite rapid advances in communications technology. Yet all too often, American citizens have been their own worst enemies when it comes to protecting privacy, compliantly forgoing civil liberties in extreme times of war as well as for everyday consumer conveniences. Each of us now contributes to an ever-evolving electronic dossier of online shopping sprees, photo albums, health records, and political contributions, accessible to almost anyone who cares to look. In a digitized world where data lives forever, Lane urges us to consider whether privacy is even a possibility. How did we arrive at this breaking point?" "American Privacy traces the lineage of cultural norms and legal mandates that have swirled around the Fourth Amendment since its adoption. In 1873, the introduction of postcards split American opinion of public propriety. Over a century later, Twitter takes its place on the spectrum of human connection. Between those two events, Anthony Comstock waged a moral crusade against obscene literature, George Orwell penned 1984, Joseph McCarthy hunted Communists and "perverts," President Richard Nixon surveilled himself right out of office, and the Supreme Court of the United States issued its most influential legal opinions concerning the right to privacy to date. Captured here, these historic snapshots add up to a lively narration of privacy's champions and challengers." "Legally, technologically, and historically grounded, American Privacy concludes with a call for Congress to recognize how innovation and infringement go hand-in-hand, and a challenge to citizens to protect privacy before it is lost completely."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lane, Frederick S.
Dewey number
342.7308/58
Index
index present
LC call number
KF1262
LC item number
.L36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Privacy, Right of
  • Government information
  • Confidential communications
  • Data protection
  • Disclosure of information
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Eavesdropping
Label
American privacy : the 400-year history of our most contested right, Frederick S. Lane
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
314841112
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 282 pages
Isbn
9780807044414
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009010393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)314841112
Label
American privacy : the 400-year history of our most contested right, Frederick S. Lane
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
314841112
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 282 pages
Isbn
9780807044414
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009010393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)314841112

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