Social Networks, Privacy, and Freedom of Association: Data Empowerment vs. Data Protection

Privacy and Security, Media and Content and Internet

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Peter Swire


North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 90, No. 5, pp. 1371-1416, 2012


Social networks provide a platform for forming personal associations based on sharing information with other people, but the opportunity to broadly share information also raises privacy concerns. A free association doctrine modeled on the US concept of free speech is suggested, and then the doctrine is applied to several proposed privacy laws.

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