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The Bottom Line Volume 34, No.3, August 2013

MCLE Self-Study Article: What Is Privacy in the Information Age?

By Mari Frank, Esq. CIPP

“Science and Privacy: together they constitute twin conditions of freedom in the twentieth century”

Dr. Alan Westin, (1929 – 2013) Professor of law Columbia University, Author, Privacy and Freedom, publisher, Privacy & American Business

Privacy law in the electronic age is rapidly transforming and at the same time our privacy is diminishing. Historically, the development of California privacy law derives originally from the Declaration of Independence when Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We declare these truths to be self-evident – that all men are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights: that among these are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Without privacy we have no liberty.

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