We live more and more of our lives online; we rely on the internet as we work, interact with friends and loved ones, pay bills, stream videos, read the news, and listen to music. We operate with the understanding that data that traces these activities will not be abused now or in the future. But the data tracks we leave through our health information, the internet and social media, financial and credit information, personal relationships, and public lives continuously make us prey to identity theft, hacking and even government surveillance.
With a host of cultural differences as to how privacy is understood globally and in different religions, and with ceaseless technological advancements, privacy is an increasingly complex topic. In “Privacy: What Everyone Needs to Know," Leslie and John G. Francis examine what privacy can mean and why it is so important.
Leslie Francis is a distinguished professor of philosophy and distinguished Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law at the University of Utah, where she also serves as director of the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences.
John G. Francis is a professor of political science at the University of Utah.
Together, they have co-authored a number of articles on the use of health information with an especial emphasis on transparency and non-discrimination.