What is privacy?


Privacy (from Latin: privatus "separated from the rest, deprived of something, esp. office, participation in the government", from privo "to deprive") is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share basic common themes. Privacy is sometimes related to anonymity, the wish to remain unnoticed or unidentified in the public realm. When something is private to a person, it usually means there is something within them that is considered inherently special or personally sensitive. The degree to which private information is exposed therefore depends on how the public will receive this information, which differs between places and over time. Privacy partially intersects security, including for instance the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity.

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Some articles on privacy:

State V. Reid - Reactions
... Privacy advocates have hailed this decision as yet another in an increasingly long line of New Jersey cases that have provided privacy protections beyond those provided by the U.S ... regulates what needs to be regulated and does so with as much privacy protection as needed but no more." Though many privacy scholars and advocates were satisfied with ...
Privacy Protection - Privacy Self-synchronization
... Privacy self-synchronization is the mode by which the stakeholders of an enterprise privacy program spontaneously contribute collaboratively to the program's maximum success ... is reached, the model states that the personal interests of individuals toward their privacy is in balance with the business interests of enterprises who collect and use the personal information ...
Superstitial - Regulation - Privacy and Data Collection
... Privacy regulation can require users’ consent before an advertiser can track the user or communicate with the user ... Different jurisdictions have taken different approaches to privacy issues with advertising ... United States has specific restrictions on online tracking of children in the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the FTC has recently expanded its interpretation of COPPA to include ...
The Multatuli Project - Big Brother Awards
... To raise awareness for privacy-related issues, Bits of Freedom holds annual Big Brother Awards ... awarded to businesses, governmental institutions and persons who harmed privacy or increased civilian surveillance in the past year ... market without safeguards for user privacy and finally minister Fred Teeven (in the category 'popular vote') for further harming privacy legislation ...

More definitions of "privacy":

  • (noun): The quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others.
    Synonyms: privateness, seclusion

Famous quotes containing the word privacy:

    Any moral philosophy is exceedingly rare. This of Menu addresses our privacy more than most. It is a more private and familiar, and at the same time, a more public and universal word, than is spoken in parlor or pulpit nowadays.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he’s in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.
    Bill Cosby (20th century)

    ... privacy is ... connected to a politics of domination.
    bell hooks (b. 1955)