The Necessity of Privacy

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Privacy is what protects us from others; in fact, it is our first line of defense.

Having privacy means that you can be your true self, whatever that may be. If your privacy is breached, if you know you are being watched, your behaviour may change drastically. You might portray a different persona, act a different way. These responses to being watched would be informed by your societal interactions. You know what is Okay to do in “public,” when you are being watch, because you yourself have watched other people do these things without societal reprisal. In many instances over the course of your life, you have also seen some people do things that society considers not Okay to do in public. Some of these things are Okay to do in private but not in public. Other things, the public would rather nobody do in private or public. This conundrum is the state of privacy being that each person phases in and out of.

Who needs Privacy?

Groups

Seeking privacy as a group has distinct benefits in the face of adversity. In the past, entire communities have had their privacy violated by systemic and government-sanctioned actions.

Individuals

Seeking privacy as an individual has distinct benefits that date back to the Origins of Privacy. Privacy allows you to be your true self.

Internet Users

With the steady increase in online traffic over the last two decades, Internet users have slowly become aware that the world wide web is home to many types of threats.

When we know we lack privacy, our behaviours change. In 2015, data showed that about 25% of Internet users in the post-Snowden era have taken steps to change their online habits. Pew Internet Study