itarian regimes, he saw the complete abrogation of personal privacy as their crowning In The Limits of Privacy, Amitai Etzioni, of George Washington Univer -. But in The Limits of Privacy, Amitai Etzioni offers a decidedly different point of view, in which the right to privacy is balanced against concern for public safety and. “Amitai Etzioni’s The Limits of Privacy offers much of what has been missing from contemporary public policy – thoughtful common sense. As a member of.

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The Privacy Paradox While in the cases of four out of the five policies I examine in the following pages, as well in those just listed, I find that privacy oimits is privileged over the common good, the examination of the fifth area of public lrivacy, that of medical records, shows that privacy is very much endangered, often without serving any significant common good or one that could not be served in ways that are much less injurious to privacy.

The author, Amitai Etzioni, is a leading proponent ljmits the commutarian viewpoint. When civil liberties groups learned recently that parents at work now may watch their children play in child care centers on their desktop computers, these groups objected on the ground that the cameras involved violate the privacy of the staff.

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Champions of privacy argue that the appropriate consideration at this stage in history is not to what extent privacy may need to be limited to serve the common good, but rather what might be done to save this endangered right.

Amitai Limiits argues that individual rights should be protected except when ettzioni preservation presents a clear threat to the community welfare. Etzioni takes a highly original stance on all of them: Ian Lustick, chair of the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania, noted that “Political conservatives are concerned about privacy when it comes to gun control but discount privacy when it comes to birth control or abortion.


The prescription for policy analysis, as presented by the author, is that privacy concerns lrivacy be considered first with policies restricting such persoanl privacy being accomplished with as minimal intrusion as possible. He outlines a whole new approach to dealing with pedophiles.

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Even those who do not share the approach to privacy advanced in these pages may well find the specific criteria presented in the following pages to be of interest for the study of other matters of public policy, legal doctrines, and civic culture. For example, many agree that drug tests should be conducted on those directly responsible for the lives of prlvacy, such as school bus drivers. Although there is much common sense on these pages, most readers will find areas of disagreement with Etzioni.

Though I quarrel with the weight of the communitarian thumb he places on the scale, I admire the wisdom and data he brings to bear on the debate. But this is largely a semantic issue.

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In short, the four criteria can be used as much to determine if privacy is deficient as to determine if it is excessive, as well as what actions are best taken to shore up privacy or to limit the sway of the common good. Hardly a week passes without alarming headlines that warn Americans that their cell phone conversations are not secure, employers read their e-mail, mutual funds sell details of their financial records to marketers, and their medical records are an open book.

Rather than decrying the loss of privacy, his first concern is safety and health. My approach is nourished by a social philosophy: Innovation From Book to Bank: Four Balancing Criteria First, a well-balanced, communitarian society will seek to reduce the scope of privacy only if it faces a well-documented and macroscopic threat to the common good as opposed to a merely hypothetical danger.

He also supports the various sorts of “Megan’s laws” that try to protect society against sex offenders. If ever a united cry of warning has been made that a basic civil liberty was in danger, this chorus of law review laments is it.


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Her body was eventually found buried in a nearby park, blood trickling from her mouth and her shorts cut to pieces. The wise individual might also consider purchasing anti-aerial spying devices if available be sure to check the latest Sharper Image catalogue. I face a common challenge when I argue for a carefully crafted balance between the common good and individual rights, between public health, public safety and privacy.

To distinguish these kinds of measures from those that qualify by the second criteria, I refers to these acts–often undertaken by the government, and typically entailing changes in legal doctrines–as “third criteria interventions “. Wilson Company, This fact is reflected in that much pgivacy what is under discussion here concerns trade-offs, between privacy and the common good.

The Impacts of Strong Privacy Advocates In the studies of specific public policies, and related matters of civic culture and legal doctrines, that follow, my first call is to demonstrate that there is a problem to begin with, that champions of privacy have not merely engaged in rhetorical excesses but that these excesses have had significant detrimental effects. Although the right to privacy is not absolute, policymakers should find ways to achieve community goals with as little sacrifice of privacy as possible.

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