Speech versus Privacy

The Boston Sunday Globe Ideas section carried a longer article by Drake Bennet, titled “Time for a Muzzle,” asking whether it is “time to rethink free speech” online.  Bennet focuses on privacy interests affected by “[t]he online world of lies and rumor [that] grows ever more vicious,”  rooting his discussion in the famous Brandeis/Warren Harvard Law Review article “that served as the foundation for most of the state laws that today protect privacy.”  (Students in my upcoming privacy law seminar should take note.)   He cites one proposal, to give people greater control over their personal information; he also cites the concern that such control could “lead[] to an almost comical set of limits.”  The article should interest anyone following the  issues I’ve raised here in a recent posts.

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