What happened to privacy? – Part I

With the advent of the Internet, one of the things that seems to be in the process of a very fundamental change is privacy. While you can find many sites that discuss the privacy issues in the Internet age, almost all of them miss a very important point. What is happening in this Internet age is a complete re-definition, from the ground up, of what privacy is.

Elias Bizannes has an interesting article in his web site, Liako.biz, where he gives a definition of privacy that is, at the same time, simple and practical. Here is his definition:

As a whole concept –

“Privacy is an individual’s right to determine what information they would like others to know about themselves; which people are permitted know that information; and the ability to determine when those people can access that information”.

As is usual in cases like these, the devil is in the details. Just how can you implement something like this on a global scale is beyond me. Just what would you be able to do if information that you do not want divulged is flooding the internet and it is coming from another country?

I’ve thought some more about this and you can read it on What happened to privacy – Part II.


What do you think?
What does privacy meant to you?
Do you agree with Elias’ definition?
What things do you do to protect your privacy? 

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3 thoughts on “What happened to privacy? – Part I

  1. G’day mate,

    Glad you liked the definition! You’d be interested to know about an effort called Attentional Profile Markup Language, which essentially allows you to store all your interests in a simple file on your computer, and you can use that file across multiple web-services. I joined the workgroup because it’s the smartest attempt yet to come to grips with privacy. I’ve written about it here- http://liako.biz/2007/03/im-on-the-apml-workgroup/

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