Information governance and social discrimination: the strategy and practice of privacy legislation in China

YANG Biao1

(1.School of law, Sun Yat-sen University)

【Abstract】The actual effect of privacy governance to a large extent depends upon the preferences expressed in the privacy choices of different interest groups or individuals. The issue of privacy governance in the information age must answer the question of who benefits from the protection of privacy. The traditional idea of empowerment governance often ignores the psychological factors of the decision maker, such as his/her cognitive ability and motivation. This causes statistical discrimination and personality discrimination. Research shows that reinforcing privacy control causes the problem of statistical discrimination by shielding normal information flow. At the same time, strengthening privacy self-management causes the problem of personality discrimination by inducing signal transmission. In order to resolve the above dilemma, China should modify its overall direction of privacy governance, explore the privacy decision variables in the complex situation full of constraints, as well as take moderate, scientific and efficient interventions. By doing so, it can predict and regulate privacy behaviors in a more accurate manner.

【Keywords】 information governance; statistical discrimination; personality discrimination; signaling; privacy legislation;


【Funds】 This paper is supported by Youth Cultural Talent Programme of Special Project of Developing High-level Talents of Guangdong Province.

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CN: 11-1100/C

Vol 30, No. 06, Pages 26-48+242-243

November 2015


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Information screening and statistical discrimination: an unexpected consequence of traditional privacy control
  • 3 From statistical discrimination to personality discrimination: effects of information dissemination in the big data era
  • 4 Social competition and signal transmission: strengthening effects of personality discrimination
  • 5 Correcting privacy governance: strategy improvement and options design
  • 6 Conclusion and implications
  • References