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Humanities Center: Anita Allen (Lecture 3 of 3)

Wed. Nov 15, 2017 4:15pm - 6:00pm
Gilman 208

Anita L. Allen is Vice Provost for Faculty, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate of the Humanities Center

Synthesis and Satisfaction: India Gets Privacy

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India announced that there is a fundamental constitutional right to privacy that bears on whether citizens can be required to participate in a massive biometric data collection by government. The Court released an opinion that was notable for its length, its appeal to and recitation of foreign and international law, and its reference by name to the work of very numerous scholars on the English speaking world.  I argue that (1) the decision is an apt context for considering whether many of the more technical conceptual and theoretical debates about the meaning and value of privacy have been misguided; and (2) that the opinion suggests that old conceptions of privacy in the natural law and national rights traditions are surprisingly serviceable for building a jurisprudence of privacy for the age of digital technologies.
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