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Arkady Grudzinsky

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Do we need privacy?

privacy

Noun

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: I heard a very thoughtful statement on a news program this morning about this very issue. The statement was: "If you want privacy then you can't have Google- you can't have both!"
    The more I thought about that the more I realized, how true that statement was, but it goes further then that. The only real way you can obtain complete privacy & secrecy, is to be a hermit far far back in the woods & mountains and even then, someone will know about you.
    I may not like it but I have learned to live with it- to a point at least!
    • Jun 16 2013: Good point, Gale - nowadays, we just can't have our cake and eat it too.
      So when does security turn into a police state? I read recently that the Netherlands taps more phones than any other country in the world... It ain't all windmills, wooden shoes and cheese out here, there's more data collecting and privacy invasion here than the states, apparently! Every citizen is required to spontaneously produce an ID if asked, regardless of whether you're 80 years, or 8 months old.
      And somehow, none of this makes me feel any more secure...
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        Jun 18 2013: What's brewing in your country Liz that requires this? Apparently my nowhere country has this too but if the day comes when i'm asked i think i'll just fake a "No Engish" phrase but that only works on the british imported cops.
        • Jun 19 2013: Ken, I ask myself the same thing... I can't imagine in a socialist system like this ine, where everyone understands the need to help each other out, that this is necessary. It is a multi-cultural society and yet becoming more and more discriminitive... It seems there is a direct correlation between extreme nationalism and the recession. Anyone else seeing this?
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          Jun 20 2013: Seeing it here in Sweden too Lizanne...
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        Jun 18 2013: Wow, that's sad.

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