Peter A Allard School of Law

Faculty Colloquium: Becoming Invisible: Privacy and the Value Of Anonymity

Drawing on discussions of the political value of privacy, this paper considers arguments in favour of recognising a distinct right to anonymity. In particular, the paper asks whether we need some guarantee of anonymity in order to combat the authoritarian instincts of the state, and protect key political rights such as freedom of expression, association, and religion.

A light lunch will be available. 


Dr Benjamin Goold is a Professor at the Allard School of Law. His research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police, and the rhetoric and language of human rights. He is the author of numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing, New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy (with Daniel Neyland), and Security and Human Rights (with Liora Lazarus).

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