Mar 092010
 March 9, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Allen Green writes:

Both the Press and the State are capable of doing great good; the effective functioning of both is fundamental in a modern democratic society. However, the Press and the State are both also capable of intruding needlessly into the lives, communications, and personal space of private individuals.

But to take privacy seriously means not starting with the rights of the Press or the State, nor with the interests of the nosey neighbour, the presumptuous council official, or the tabloid reader. It means starting with the private individual, and working outwards to engage with those who wish to intrude into that individual’s private life.

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