What is Privacy?

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  1. —Misconception: privacy is about having something to hide; if you haven’t done anything wrong, then you have nothing to hide.
  2. —This misconception implies that privacy aids wrongdoers, and thus it does not make any sense.
  3. —Privacy is about choice, and having power to control how you present yourself to the world.
  4. —Privacy is also about freedom from interference or intrusion. We want privacy when we go to bathroom, have a shower, or make love.
  5. —We loose privacy when governments collect data about us (surveillance). It is incorrect to say that computerized (algorithmic) surveillance without human involvement does not compromise our privacy.


—Bruce Schneier, Data and Goliath, Chapter 10

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