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Tjerk Timan, Bryce Clayton Newell and Bert-Jaap Koops

As an introduction to the volume, this chapter presents a thematic overview of the contributions by authors from different disciplines on the topic of privacy in public space. Four main themes become apparent in the book and serve as conceptual directions for thinking about privacy in public space: the role of context, regulation and governmentality, the body as interface, and privacy mitigation and regulation.

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Privacy in Public Space

Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges

Edited by Tjerk Timan, Bryce C. Newell and Bert-Jaap Koops

This book examines privacy in public space from both legal and regulatory perspectives. With on-going technological innovations such as mobile cameras, WiFi tracking, drones and augmented reality, aspects of citizens’ lives are increasingly vulnerable to intrusion. The contributions describe contemporary challenges to achieving privacy and anonymity in physical public space, at a time when legal protection remains limited compared to ‘private’ space. To address this problem, the book clearly shows why privacy in public space needs defending. Different ways of conceptualizing and shaping such protection are explored, for example through ‘privacy bubbles’, obfuscation and surveillance transparency, as well as revising the assumptions underlying current privacy laws.
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Conclusion: the need for privacy in public space

Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges

Tjerk Timan

The central theme in this chapter is how to think about and unravel the notion of privacy in public space. By means of examples of smart technologies that pose new privacy threats in public space, concepts such as boundaries, spheres and agency are posed as a read thread. By questioning the increase of privatization of public spaces, an essayistic outlook is given on privacy in public space and potential connected values that are at risk for both the individual and society at large. The chapter ends by providing conceptual directions on regulating privacy in smart public environments.