Exploring ethical issues in data mining: the role of collective privacy

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2010-03-03T19:21:06Z

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Miskelly, Kenna Jill

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Data mining and other information technologies cause ethical concerns when they are used to categorize and discriminate. Even though there is an intuitive connection between privacy and personal information, it is hard to conceptualize the troubling issues raised by certain data mining applications in terms of privacy. This is largely due to the emphasis that traditional privacy definitions place on the value and protection that privacy provides to the individual. A notion of "collective privacy" emphasizes the broader social importance of privacy and provides philosophical clarity to the privacy issues raised by data mining. The policy suggestions that result from acknowledging the social value of privacy could benefit many in our society and work to fortify our privacy in this information age.

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data mining, moral and ethical aspects, privacy

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