Privacy Law Handbook

Keith Mathieson (ed)

Published by

Law Society

ISBN

978-1-85328-843-2

RRP

£69.95

Reviewed by

Siraj A. Shaikh MBCS CITP

Score

8 out of 10

Privacy Law HandbookThis is a compilation of essays examining legal aspects of privacy for various domains including electron data and communication, media and medical history amongst others. Every chapter is self-contained and succinct in this book of eleven chapters.

I am impressed by the quality of writing and knowledge that comes together to provide for valuable lessons of privacy in this highly readable book. The essays are full of useful definitions and references to case law, which makes the arguments generally well supported and with a reality check.

If I were to pick one, chapter seven serves well to represent the book. It delves into the difficult and diverse topic of surveillance and interception and provides a very well-rounded overview of the matter. Chapter nine is another one that I found very easy to read and comprehensive on a topic of wide public interest and with many facets of medical confidentiality.

I should caution, however, that for the particular audience of IT professionals, this book may just fall short of wide readership as only those concerned with privacy may find it interesting, and even amongst them there will be those who will find the legalistic perspective too summative.

I would like to recommend this book for its readability and good summary of a topic that is of increasingly relevance but of complex nature. I see this as a useful reference for industry and academia interested in privacy as the case studies and examples presented here should be central to our discussions in boardrooms and classrooms alike.

At £69.95, it is not cheap, but then it offers invaluable legal advice that otherwise may cost you an arm and a leg!

Further Information: Law Society

March 2011