Knowing Me, Knowing You – Profiling, Privacy and the Public Interest

  • Roger Brownsword

There is nothing like predicting the future and the future might turn out to be nothing like we predict. Even so, it is a fair assumption that, as the twenty-first century unfolds, we will know a great deal more about ourselves but, equally, others will know a great deal more about us. To put to a broader use the evocative terms of contrast employed by Serge Gutwirth and Paul De Hert, we might say that in the foreseeable future, there will be rather more transparency and rather less opacity. When I say that there will be this shift from opacity to transparency, I mean not only that more raw data about ourselves and others will be available but that this data will translate into meaningful statements that impact our agency-based interests (particularly our interests in autonomy and privacy). Such is the prospect of profiling. A recurring theme of the essays in this book is that profiling promises benefits but, simultaneously represents various threats.


Public Interest Personal Information Crime Scene Privacy Interest Moral Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger Brownsword
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  1. 1.King’s College LondonEngland

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