A Classical Liberal Approach to Privacy

  • Chris Berg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


This chapter presents a classical liberal approach to understanding privacy. There are a near infinite array of definitions and approaches to privacy, beginning with Alan Westin’s information control theory. The chapter briefly surveys some of the critiques of Westin’s approach and presents an ‘information exchange’ model, where control over personal information is analogized to property rights. Unwanted privacy violations can be considered the expropriation of economically valuable information. The chapter then explores the range of institutional possibilities available to control these expropriations using the institutional possibility frontier framework.


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  • Chris Berg
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  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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