PRIVACY: THE DELICATE ENTANGLEMENT OF SELF AND OTHER

Author: 

Alan Blakley

Privacy is an entanglement of public, individual, and governmental interests. This article does not attempt to provide a compendium of United States Supreme Court cases charting a "right to privacy." While some case law, both United States Supreme Court and other courts, is included, the purpose of the article is not to describe the development of a United States right of privacy, nor present an apology for any particular iteration of such a right to privacy, either expanding or contracting what the courts have defined privacy to be up to this point. Nor does the article attempt to propose a single judicial or legislative approach to privacy. Moreover, even though the article contains some of the history of thought on privacy, that history is quite abbreviated and woefully incomplete. The portions of history on privacy included merely illustrate some of the development of thought on the topic, rather than attempting to gather or analyze all of the thought. Those readers seeking such assistance should look elsewhere. This article also contains no definitive solutions to any of the entanglements discussed and analyzed. It does, however, propose a method of talking about privacy that may lead to more clarity for future analysis. View More