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Arkady Grudzinsky


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Do we need privacy?



1. The state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people.
2. The state of being free from public attention.

So, it's a form of freedom. I find it deeply controversial.

Does it mean that we should not pay attention to each other? There are stories on internet of people dying in subway from heart attack in the midst of a crowd passing by.

Is it possible? We leave traces behind us every minute - online, when we use credit cards to buy something, even by walking in the street with a cell phone in our pocket. Why are we outraged or feel threatened when we find out that someone "is watching"? Perhaps, it goes deeper in our psyche that we think or can explain.

What is the difference between privacy and secrecy? When and why do we need them?

Some people put their whole life online. Some are cautious about giving any personal information to anyone. Ironically, we can protect ourselves from oppression and crime both ways.

What's your attitude towards privacy? I would appreciate the links to videos and sources on this topic.

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    Jun 16 2013: Yes , but the definition of privacy is relative to a person, place, time, situation etc etc .
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      Jun 16 2013: I agree. I myself have criticized many TED conversations for asking a question without a context. Here, perhaps, I'd like people to define their own contexts.

      It seems to me that privacy is controversial even within the same context: e.g. within family relationship, people often want to have attention of their partner/children and, at the same time, often want "to be left alone".
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        Jun 17 2013: Very right you are regarding the context. The case of privacy is very much delicate even after having some context . Say a person may expect a level of privacy from her/ his partner but when all other contexts bare same just with the change of a person the privacy changes, e.g. In the same time frame if s/he is talking to a doctor it changes dramatically.

        Here in online some uses disguised ID considering it's her/his privacy not to disclose original identity but others not.
        Privacy concept of a person with her/his person to her/his partner is different if they are living in a one room house to a mansion.
        So I feel it's really very delicate issue with contextual background.

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