Privacy Rights and the Political Public Sphere

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Abstract

The link between the right to privacy and the right to democratic self-determination is often understood to imply that privacy rights have only instrumental value for democratic participation, and that they consist solely in the possibility to retreat from participation in a public. I examine three arguments for an internal link between both sets of rights: The right to privacy protects political public spheres from epistemic inequality, it protects groups in public from a loss of their deliberative autonomy and it blocks the colonisation of deliberative publics by strategic action orientations. These arguments suggest a genuine political purpose of the right to privacy.
Translated title of the contributionPrivacy Rights and the Political Public Sphere
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationPrivatsphäre 4.0
Subtitle of host publicationEine Neuverortung des Privaten im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung
EditorsHauke Behrendt, Wulf Loh, Tobias Matzner, Catrin Misselhorn
Place of PublicationStuttgart
PublisherJ.B. Metzler Verlag
Pages123-143
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-476-04860-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-476-04859-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23-Oct-2019

Keywords

  • privacy
  • public sphere
  • Jürgen Habermas
  • privacy in public
  • surveillance
  • political surveillance

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