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Privacy as Virtue

Moving Beyond the Individual in the Age of Big Data

Book | 1st edition 2017 | United Kingdom | Bart van der Sloot

Privacy as Virtue discusses whether a rights-based approach to privacy regulation still suffices to address the challenges triggered by new data processing techniques such as Big Data and mass surveillance. A rights-based approach generally grants subjective rights to individuals to protect their personal interests. However, large-scale data processing techniques often transcend the individual and their interests.

Virtue ethics is used to reflect on this problem and open up new ways of thinking. A virtuous agent not only respects the rights and interests of others, but also has a broader duty to act in the most careful, just and temperate way. This applies to citizens, to companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook and to governmental organizations that are involved with large scale data processing alike.

The author develops a three-layered model for privacy regulation in the Big Data era. The first layer consists of minimum obligations that are independent of individual interests and rights. Virtuous agents have to respect the procedural pre-conditions for the exercise of power. The second layer echoes the current paradigm, the respect for individual rights and interests. While the third layer is the obligation of aspiration: a virtuous agent designs the data process in such a way that human flourishing, equality and individual freedom are promoted.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780685052 / 9781780686592
Series name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 405 g
Status Available
Number of pages vi + 230 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jun 30, 2017
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of contents
  • Chapter I. Introduction
  • Chapter II. The Transformation of the Right to Privacy and the Right to Data Protection
  • Chapter III. The Challenges for and Alternatives to the Current Privacy Paradigm
  • Chapter IV.Developing an Alternative Privacy Paradigm through Virtue Ethics
  • Chapter V. Embedding a Virtue-based Approach in Privacy Regulation
  • Chapter VI. Conclusion
  • Bibliography