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Q&A: How Do You Define ‘Privacy Harm’?

Ryan Calo, a senior research fellow at the Center for Internet & Society, is interviewed by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of the Wall Street Journal Digits Blog about issues of “privacy harm” and topics included in his forthcoming paper, “The Boundaries of Privacy Harm“:

In debates about online privacy, one question always seems to crop up: What’s the harm? How can harm come from a breach of privacy if there’s no fraud and the information isn’t used for, say, identity theft? When the only thing that seems to be wrong is a feeling of “creepiness,” what should that be called?

Ryan Calo, senior research fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University Law School, has been trying to answer that question. This summer, he released a draft of a paper titled the Boundaries of Privacy Harm that is set to be published in the Indiana Law Journal next year.

Calo spoke with Digits about privacy harm and how it applies in the digital world. His condensed comments can be read on the SLS newspage at http://www.law.stanford.edu/news/

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