Privacy and perfect voyeurism

Ethics and Information Technology 11 (3):181-189 (2009)
I argue that there is nothing wrong with perfect voyeurism , covert watching or listening that is neither discovered nor publicized. After a brief discussion of privacy I present attempts from Stanley Benn, Daniel Nathan, and James Moor to show that the act is wrong. I argue that these authors fail to make their case. However, I maintain that, if detected or publicized, voyeurism can do grave harm and to that extent should be severely punished. I conclude with some thoughts on the stubborn intuition that perfect voyeurism is wrong despite the absence of harm.
Keywords Autonomy   Harm   Privacy   Surveillance   Utilitarianism   Voyeurism   Wrong
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-009-9195-9
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