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Dr Susanne Lace

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347350

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347350.001.0001

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Regulatory provisions for privacy protection

Regulatory provisions for privacy protection

(p.45) 2 Regulatory provisions for privacy protection
The glass consumer

Charles Raab

Policy Press

This chapter explores existing regulation and instruments for protecting consumers' personal information in the UK. It notes that the efficacy of regulation is far from clear, as the tools employed are outstripped by the complexity of the world. It explains that personal information cannot be protected sufficiently at the level of single national jurisdiction and nations such as the US do not have comprehensive legislation, leaving consumers with a patchwork of protection. It concludes by expressing the need to build a new and more joined-up framework of protection that conceives of privacy more broadly, recognising its social value and the contribution groups within civil society can bring to the debate.

Keywords:   privacy protection, personal information, regulation, consumers, legislation, civil society

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