Jiunn-Rong Yeh on The Spatial Connotations of Privacy (葉俊榮論隱私權的空間意涵)

The Academia SINICA Law Journal has published Prof. Jiunn-Rong Yeh’s article on privacy. This article investigates the spatial connotations of privacy and illustrates that how the constitutional interpretations by the Grand Justices imply this connotation. Here is the abstract:

The judicial articulation of privacy has been advanced in a rights-based approach followed by a proportionality calculus. While this has been in conformity with general judicial practices in most basic rights reviews, there are two major caveats. First, the application of proportionality review has been charrged with arbitaration and uncertainty. Second, they render the judicial articulation of privacy less constructive than it can be.

This essay looks into a series of constitutional rulings on privacy by the Grand Justices, aiming at presenting spatial connotations and significance in the judicial articulation of privacy. It argues that privacy is a concept deliberatively linked with a certain human expectation and spatial construction. This spatial construction forms a solid foundation of the judical articulation of privacy.

This essay finds an emerging judicial reorganization of spatial dimension in privacy discourses. The judicial construction of privacy is underdeveloped as it is shadowed (muddled) by the stereotypical rights-proportionality review model. Thus, it calls for a reintroduction of spatial construction in the judicial articulation of privacy.

中研院法學期刊刊載了葉俊榮老師的「探索隱私權的空間意涵」。葉老師在本篇文章中重新探索,大法官解釋中對於隱私權的空間意涵的發展,並且認為隱私權作為一種空間概念,文中指出:

換句話說,隱私是在社會關係中協商界線的能力,是一個溝通的過程。隱私對我們重要,是因為形成自身與他人隔絕的屏障。一個屬於自己的空間,可以正當拒斥外界的窺視,控制資訊流向與揭露範圍。進一步,隱私讓我們覺得我們是關於自身資訊的擁有者,而在錯誤的時間、地點,對錯誤的對象揭露私密資訊,都是風險。在這樣的理解下,隱私的意義不止於個人房間的物理空間概念,還包括個人資訊的流出與流入的掌控。

文中並進一步認為,大法官解釋因為「過於急切慣常套用的權利基礎、比例原則審查模式,而稀釋、壓縮了空間辯證在隱私權理解和資訊揭露案件爭議的作用。」(頁25)。我覺得,這篇文章有很多具啟發的觀點,提供給大家參考!



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