The Oxford Dictionary defines the term “Privacy” as ‘A state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people’.
Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share common themes. When something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them.
Various theorists have imagined privacy as a system for limiting access to one’s personal information. Edwin Lawrence Godkin wrote in the late 19th century that “nothing is better worthy of legal protection than private life, or, in other words, the right of every man to keep his affairs to himself, and to decide for himself to what extent they shall be the subject of public observation and discussion.”Adopting an approach similar to the one presented by Ruth Gavison 9 years earlier, Sissela Bok said that privacy is “the condition of being protected from unwanted access by others- either physical access, personal information, or attention.
Control over one’s personal information is the concept that “privacy is the claim of individuals, groups, or institutions to determine for themselves when, how, and to what extent information about them is communicated to others.” Charles Fried said that “Privacy is not simply an absence of information about us in the minds of others; rather it is the control we have over information about ourselves.” Control over personal information is one of the more popular theories of the meaning of privacy.
Wikipedia categorized Privacy in its study in many Concepts.
A broad multicultural literary tradition going to the beginnings of recorded history discusses the concept of privacy. One way of categorizing all concepts of privacy is by considering all discussions as one of these concepts:
- the right to be let alone
- the option to limit the access others have to one’s personal information
- secrecy, or the option to conceal any information from others
- control over others’ use of information about oneself
- states of privacy
- personhood and autonomy
- self-identity and personal growth
- protection of intimate relationships
Simply speaking A desire for privacy is why we close the door when we go to the bathroom, why we choose not to post our social security numbers on our blogs, why we sometimes turn off our cell phones and computers. We aren’t being antisocial; we simply don’t want to share parts of our lives and time with others. And that’s justifiable.
But Today in this civilized Modern world You have no privacy. Get over it.”
The way in which the internet allows data to be produced, collected, combined, shared, stored, and analyzed is constantly changing.
Information about an individual is generated through each use of the internet. In some cases the individual is aware that they are generating information and that it is being collected, but in many cases, the individual is unaware of the information trail that they are leaving online, do not know who is accessing the information, and do not have control over how their information is being handled, and for what purposes it is being used.
Today We are all exposed !
more to come…
Along with thanks and compliments to the sources for the shared data
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