The unsolvable privacy problem and its implications for security technologies

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Privacy presents many puzzles. In particular, why is it eroding, given the high value people assign to their privacy? This extended abstract argues that there are strong incentives for decreasing privacy, rooted in the economic benefits of price discrimination. As a result, the privacy problem is unsolvable. The conflict between incentives to price discriminate and the public dislike of this practice will influence what security technologies are likely to succeed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume2727 LNCS
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event8th Australasian Conference on Information Security and Privacy, ACISP 2003 - Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Duration: Jul 9 2003Jul 11 2003


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