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Our Data, Ourselves: Privacy, Propertization, And Gender , Ann Bartow Apr 2000

Our Data, Ourselves: Privacy, Propertization, And Gender , Ann Bartow

Ann Bartow

This Article starts by providing an overview of the types of personal data that is collected via the Internet, and the ways in which this information is used. The author asserts that because women are more likely to shop and share information in cyberspace, the impact of commodification of personal data disproportionately impacts females, enabling them to be "targeted" by marketing campaigns, and stripping them of personal privacy. The author then surveys the legal terrain of personal information privacy, and concludes that it is unlikely that the government will step in to provide consumers with substantive privacy rights or protections ...


Separating Marketing Innovation From Actual Invention: A Proposal For A New, Improved, Lighter And Better-Tasting Form Of Patent Protection, Ann Bartow Feb 2000

Separating Marketing Innovation From Actual Invention: A Proposal For A New, Improved, Lighter And Better-Tasting Form Of Patent Protection, Ann Bartow

Ann Bartow

This Article suggests that commercial entities sometimes obtain patents for reasons unrelated to securing profitable technological monopolies. Patents, especially those with narrow scopes that are easily designed around, may be obtained to disadvantage competitors or to make the patent holder appear innovative, rather than to fence off an invention for commercial exploitation. Patents obtained for nontraditional reasons - denoted leverage and keeping up appearances patents in this Article - may represent highly inefficient uses of both public and private resources. To solve some of these efficiency problems, the author proposes creating a second-tier Origination Patent option, which would offer patentees more secure ...


Our Data, Ourselves: Privacy, Propertization, And Gender, Ann Bartow Dec 1999

Our Data, Ourselves: Privacy, Propertization, And Gender, Ann Bartow

Ann Bartow

This Article starts by providing an overview of the types of personal data that is collected via the Internet, and the ways in which this information is used. The author asserts that because women are more likely to shop and share information in cyberspace, the impact of commodification of personal data disproportionately impacts females, enabling them to be "targeted" by marketing campaigns, and stripping them of personal privacy. The author then surveys the legal terrain of personal information privacy, and concludes that it is unlikely that the government will step in to provide consumers with substantive privacy rights or protections ...