Privacy and the Commercial Use of Personal Information

  • Paul H. Rubin
  • Thomas M. Lenard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 1-9
  3. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 11-27
  4. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 29-38
  5. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 39-47
  6. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 49-58
  7. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 59-82
  8. Paul H. Rubin, Thomas M. Lenard
    Pages 83-85
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 87-100

About this book


Hon. Orrin G. Hatch United States Senate Electronic commerce will be pivotal to the United States economy in the 21 SI Century. With the advent ofelectronic commerce, some consumers have become concerned about the disclosure, transfer, and sale of information which businesses have collected about them. These concerns purportedly are slowing the rate ofexpansion ofelectronic commerce, thereby putting at risk the future growth of the New Economy. To reduce this risk, a variety of schemes have been proposed under which the government would regulate online privacy. Congress currently is in the midst ofa vigorous debate as to whether the government should regulate on-line privacy standards, and, ifso, what form such regulation should take. This succinct yet powerful book by Paul Rubin and Thomas Lenard goes to the heart of these issues. It explains that there is no evidence of actual consumer harm or market failure that could justify burdensome government regulation of online privacy. It describes the tremendous advantages consumers currently receive from the free flow of information collected on­ line, advantages which could be eliminated if the government unnecessarily regulates and stops this flow of information. It argues that the free market provides businesses with compelling incentives to adopt their own measures - such as seal programs and novel technologies - to assuage consumer privacy concerns. This book presents compelling evidence to support these and many other points central to the continuing debate in the halls of Congress and elsewhere concerningonline privacy.


Policy innovation marketing privacy science and technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul H. Rubin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas M. Lenard
    • 2
  1. 1.Emory UniversityUSA
  2. 2.The Progress & Freedom FoundationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publisher 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5694-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1719-1
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