There are many aphorisms to describe the dangers of maximalist demands: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good; and a half a loaf is better than none. These sayings apply to the arguments made by well-intentioned privacy advocates who object to various forms of data collection and usage by individuals, governments, and businesses. Gus Hurwitz and Jamil Jaffer explore this theme in their thought-provoking essay, Modern Privacy Advocacy: An Approach at War with Privacy Itself?, which explains that such orthodoxy in the defense of privacy, a term that is ill-defined, may undermine the very value it tries to serve.
This is the first of a series of essays that will explore privacy and attendant regulations, existing and proposed. Please watch this space for more to come.