To account for privacy and how it has been addressed in the academic literature, this entry notes the difficulties in defining the concept and then highlights its conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical origins. It begins by emphasizing the most simplistic approach to privacy that involves dualisms of inside-outside, mine-yours, interior-exterior, and private-public. It progresses to examine the influence of liberal philosophies that today are virtually synonymous with privacy. Keywords associated with this include autonomy, rights, consent, control, and management. More recent thinking has focused on the role of context and interaction. This maintains the spirit of much liberal philosophy but better recognizes that privacy is contingent on contexts, group norms, and the ways in which these develop. The entry then highlights the relationship between privacy ...

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