Privacy...What does it mean to you?

I need your help!  What does privacy mean to you?

I'm putting together an article that looks at the technical and social issues around privacy.  Not just electronic privacy or privacy on the Internet.  In fact, I don't want to taint your definition of the word by writing too much about it here.

Now, I need your help, but better yet, I need the help from your kids, you parents, your friends, your non-Internet savvy acquaintances.  If you could have them jot down their definition of privacy into an email or as a comment to this blog, I'd greatly appreciate it.

It could be a word, a sentence or paragraph.  It could include a picture or an example.

No need to include your name, but an age and anything you'd like me to include in the article (i.e. location) might make it interesting.

Thanks in advance!

Terry Sigle (tls@sun.com)

Privacy Policy :-) : No names or information divulging your identity will be used in the article.



 

Comments:

Here are a few of my thoughts, in no particular order ...

Privacy is a person's right to select which portions of or all of his or her personal information or attributes that can be shared with others.

On a practical level, an ability to retain one's privacy is inversely proportional to one's celebrity. A hermit who lives way back in the mountains has much privacy (and probably likes it that way). Conversely, Paris Hilton has very little privacy (and probably likes it that way).

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 ok.

That's a start. I'll be back with more.

Good luck!

Mark

Posted by Mark Dixon on January 18, 2007 at 04:11 PM CST #

Hello Terry - Living in London makes me appreciate what little privacy remains in the U.S. Everyone is under constant video and soon audio surveilance at all times here. Police can enter your home basically whenever they want. It seems a short step from where we are to totalitarianism. I know there is nothing to be done about it - other than move. I feel this is the way the whole world is going - enabled by technology. Sad.

Posted by Seely Pratt on January 19, 2007 at 06:46 AM CST #

To me, privacy is the freedom to be who you want to be in a place you can call your own.

Posted by Lite M Finocchiaro on January 19, 2007 at 08:54 AM CST #

Consider privacy as right of a person by which they present themselves to the outside world. An analogy I can think of is, a person's choice of clothes. You retain the right to reveal what you wish others to see within reasonable boundaries of course.

Posted by Anon on January 22, 2007 at 02:07 AM CST #

Privacy in it's simplist form is being left alone. This of course means different things in different contexts, here are a few: When I was a kid, it meant: "Stay out of my room" and "don't read my diary" As any parent can attest, a few minutes of solitude will go a long way. As an internet user, being left alone means not keeping track of who I am (especially SSN CC #'s, etc.) or what I am doing online.

Posted by Derrick on January 22, 2007 at 10:48 AM CST #

Privacy means getting some alone time to do whatever you want without anyone bugging you. Basically, this means a lock on a door.

Posted by Zoe on January 23, 2007 at 09:10 AM CST #

To me privacy doesn't mean being left alone. It means that if I'm being watched, I know it. And if people have access to information about me, I have the opportunity to view the info, edit it and delete parts of it if I want. In today's information society I know I'm exposed but I want to have some control over what's exposed. As to how that plays out in society today, I agree with Scott when he says, "You have no privacy. Get over it."

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Posted by thanhvn on December 17, 2008 at 11:51 PM CST #

I think to me , privacy means when you have your own private life. Take a look at those famous celebrities and or famous singers and more popular people , they don't have their own private life cause anything that happen to them either good or bad will printed out in the magazine or any newpapers article...they don't get to live their life without any one knowing about it and involving themselves...

Posted by elisabeth on March 01, 2009 at 01:27 AM CST #

privacy should be a right not something that is given to you it should be something of yours and to me when someone invades that its hurtful and could affect alot of people and somepeople dnt get that.

Posted by Latyya on October 15, 2009 at 03:38 AM CDT #

privacy should be a right not something that is given to you it should be something of yours and to me when someone invades that. its hurtful and could affect alot of people and somepeople dnt get that. They really should because it could bring pain to others.

Posted by Latyya on October 15, 2009 at 03:41 AM CDT #

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Posted by nancy on November 23, 2009 at 03:31 AM CST #

To me, privacy is the freedom to be who you want to be in a place you can call your own.

Posted by yamna on November 01, 2010 at 06:28 PM CDT #

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