Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon and associate Giulia McHenry have recently authored a white paper that examines the harm associated with the violation of privacy from an economic standpoint. The paper, “Violating Your Privacy: An Economic Perspective” was published for the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference.
Drs. Bazelon and McHenry discuss how a clear understanding of the harm from violating privacy is needed. According to the authors, measuring that harm is relevant for two reasons. First, depending on the type of violation, there may be legal recourse for someone whose privacy has been violated. Second, in evaluating policies related to privacy, weighing of the costs and benefits is required. The authors point out, however, that there is a less-defined consensus as to what privacy means and what exactly constitutes a violation of it.
The paper can be accessed on SSRN.