This is the edited transcript of the Competition Lore podcast episode 9, What is privacy and why does it matter? with Professor Colin Bennett.
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What’s behind the statement that all of us make sometimes: “that’s none of your business!”? Have you ever thought about when and why you regard your information or behaviour as private?
These are questions that we all need to grapple with in a platform economy, the basis for which is the collection and use of vast amounts of personal data.
Some regard privacy as a human right, integral to our personhood. Others regard it as an asset, tradeable for commercial value. There is also a view that privacy is essential to the workings of a liberal democratic society.
In this episode of Competition Lore we are joined by Professor Colin Bennett, a political scientist who specialises in privacy, from the University of Victoria in Canada.
In a wide ranging rich discussion, Colin explains how the meaning of privacy is highly context-specific, what kinds of value we ascribe to it and how it sometimes bumps up against other competing public interests including free speech and a free market.
We talk about the international trade implications of data protection and about the governance of privacy at an international level, including how big tech companies are weighing into the policy and public discourse, what he thinks about the claim that Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is a form of digital protectionism… and much much more.
This episode is longer than previous episodes but is jam-packed with information and insights you will not want to miss...
While great care has been taken in the preparation of the transcript, there may be some minor errors.