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What does Privacy Mean in Our Modern World?BySydney Butler-3 October 2018.356 But what is privacy? It is one of those terms people use to believe they understand. But, once you dig a little deeper, it becomes apparent that exactly what privacy means to different people is not that easy to nail down. Indeed the definition and idea of privacy has evolved over the course of human history. What privacy today means is certainly very different from what it meant in earlier times. If people had any concept of privacy at all from those times and places!

The General Definition of Privacy

The broad definition of privacy is characterized as a state in which nobody else or the public observes you. When you can do something without hearing about it from the outside world or being able to stick their collective noses in your company. It’s not just about privacy, just the truth. Privacy also concerns to what degree you are permitted to remove yourself from public scrutiny. Security isn’t just a personal matter. It also refers to those classes. As a group the family is an obvious example. Yet think about people whose membership in the party requires religious or political affiliation. There are numerous spheres of privacy which overlap in different ways. Privacy also brings with it the concept that powerful public bodies such as governments and businesses are not allowed to check their personal lives. Not in clear strict rules at least. This is enforced by the will of the people as a whole but is in constant struggle with those entities ‘ desire for more information and control.

Security is not absolute

.359.359 When you think about it, in order for society to work, there must be some restrictions on personal privacy. Governments don’t let them keep the finances secret. They would otherwise not be able to collect taxes from you. Without which they would not be able to provide the services which would keep civic life going. For order to maintain a certain standard of living, you also need to sacrifice your privacy. Understanding who you are, and where you live, is fair for your boss. You give up a certain amount of privacy in return for something you enjoy more. That is the ability to buy food and a place to stay. The same goes for your doctor when you see him. In return for medical help, you give away extremely private information. Through enacting a preferential arrangement between you and your doctor, our culture mitigates the extent of your data leak. The doctor promises not to let your private information go any further and this promise is not met with retribution. So as you can see, total privacy is in fact impossible. That’s unless someone wants to live an entirely hermetic life. That means that the modern idea of privacy is about what standards of privacy are appropriate for sacrificing for the kind of life we as a community want to have. So what kind of things are people willing to abandon their privacy for?

When is it that people give their privacy away? The answer to this question is quite complicated but when our privacy is at stake there are many good examples that illustrate our thought. First there are certain cases in which we have no choice to limit our privacy. For example, minutes after you are born you are called and then the government logs in and keeps your core personal information. The mandatory registration of all newborns is the first violation of privacy to which we are subject and they don’t even give you time for a first meal. People are more likely to give up their private information when they know exactly what is going to be done about it. We tend to give up knowledge for a chance to benefit too. E.g. by winning a prize. That’s how advertisers get their contact details coughed up by people. Winning a TV or something is normally a raffle. They get thousands of people to give up their names and addresses willingly for a single Tv price. When you look at it in a certain way, it is brilliant.

Privacy and Convenience.360.360 One of the most difficult choices that a modern person has to make is whether he is willing to give up his privacy to make his life easier. How much privacy would you give up in return for greater luxury? One good example of this is our smartphones. This is a system that can (in principle) track your wherever you go and whatever you do, and control it. Most smartphone users understand that essentially. So why would anyone buy a smartphone, and use it? The obvious response is that a smartphone is such a powerful and easy device that billions of people are willing to give up substantial amounts of their privacy to use one. The same goes for an device like a smart speaker. While companies like Amazon promise they won’t use a tool like Alexa to listen in to your private home life there is no technical reason they can’t. To permit such an agreement it requires an enormous amount of trust. That’s before we get to the fact that such convenient tools are providing another avenue through which digital criminals can violate your privacy.

Privacy and Security

.361.361 In our modern world, there is a close connection between the two principles of privacy and security. They aren’t the same but have a strong relationship.In reality I don’t think so. Still in their infancy are these new web technologies like social media and smart devices that spy on you. We are still trying to figure out how to best use them. People are already feeling the sting of loss of privacy. The unlucky few are impacted by cyberbullyingdox online humiliation identity theft and other bad fates. Which serves as a powerful lesson for the rest of us. I believe as a community we’re going to figure out most of the privacy issues we’re facing today but that means we need to educate and campaign. If people do not know that how can they protect it is their privacy at risk? For the new updates. Thank you!