privacy

  

Definition

In general, the right to be free from secret surveillance and to determine whether, when, how, and to whom, one's personal or organizational information is to be revealed. In specific, privacy may be divided into four categories (1) Physical: restriction on others to experience a person or situation through one or more of the human senses; (2) Informational: restriction on searching for or revealing facts that are unknown or unknowable to others; (3) Decisional: restriction on interfering in decisions that are exclusive to an entity; (4) Dispositional: restriction on attempts to know an individual's state of mind.

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  • Though most people would consider privacy an important right granted to them, many people subvert that desire by posting intensely personal information on social media website for complete public consumption as well as allowing "cookies" and other spyware on their computer and mobile devices.

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  • I was glad that I had a lot of privacy rights because I do not like the idea of the government interfering in my life.

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  • The privacy of our employees profiles was a focus in the meeting as we had to protect ourselves from any potential harm.

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  • Email One Person and You Email the World
    "Assume that everything you put in a presentation and every email you send might be distributed to the rest of the world."
    - Bill Swanson

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