Personal Information as Communicative Acts

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The paper extends previous accounts of informational privacy as a contextual notion. Where previous accounts have focused on interpretations of the privacy context itself as being contextual and open for negotiation and interpretation, this paper extends those analyses and shows that personal information itself is in fact best understood as contextual and situational—and as such open for interpretation. The paper reviews the notion of information as it has been applied in informational privacy and philosophy of information, and suggests that personal information ought to be regarded as communicative acts. The paper suggests a reconceptualization of informational privacy from having its focus on controlling, limiting, and restricting access to material carriers of information to a focus on a regulation of the use, analysis, and interpretation of personal information.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Personal information, Personal data, Informational privacy, Privacy, Philosophy of information

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