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Maverick* Research: The Unbearable Cost of Privacy

Published: 01 October 2015

ID: G00277993

Analyst(s): Brian Iverson


Despite privacy being a legislated right in many jurisdictions, it must be thought of as a preference to avoid making costly business and regulatory mistakes. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Executive Summary
  • Understanding the Case for Information Privacy
    • Seven Claims of Information Privacy Advocates
  • Should Personal Information Be Treated as Private Property?
    • How Might Intellectual Property Law Apply to Personal Data?
    • Evaluating the Shared Nature of Personal Information
    • Governments and Commercial Organizations Should Be Considered Separately When Discussing Privacy
  • Is This Time Really Different for Privacy?
    • What Does History Teach Us About Privacy?
    • Privacy for the Sake of Protecting Reputation and Elite Status
  • Anonymity and Pseudonymity
    • Why Is Anonymity Important?
    • Dealing With the Dark Side of Anonymity
    • Anonymity and Pseudonymity Are Thriving
  • Trading Privacy for Security
    • A Framework for Exploring Security and Privacy Trade-Offs
  • Privacy and Fairness in the Market
    • Power Imbalance as an Information Problem
    • Effects of Asymmetric Information on Market Outcomes
  • Links Between Information Privacy and Fraud
    • Evaluating Trends in the Overall Cost of Fraud
    • Distribution Effects of Payment System Fraud
  • Balancing the Benefits and Costs of Privacy Regulation
    • The Disconnect Between Consumers' Beliefs and Actions
    • Evaluating the Cases for Regulation of Information Privacy
    • Counting the Costs of Information Privacy Regulations
    • The "Broken Window" of Privacy Regulation
  • Who Will Pay the Price for Your Privacy?

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