What is Privacy?
Asking for privacy or personal space because of your personal preference and due to your religious or cultural sentiments is not a crime nor does it imply you are ‘up to something’ and have something to hide. Today, privacy is incorrectly mixed with the constitutional right as if it is a right earned by us. Privacy is at the core of creation, even animal prefer privacy.
We build walls and fences to protect our homes and have a private place. Within such a private place, we have windows with curtains and draperies. Within this private place, as humans, we live our private life with a sense of protection. Previously confined to a private place, our personal expressions and behaviors are now extended onto the Internet. We perform a lot of activities online that are reflections of our personality and values. This new virtual landscape is unprotected, companies, in the name of free services, have full legal access to it.
Online privacy enables you to express yourself without being tracked, certain expressions can bring shame or embarrassment when revealed in public. Your private information when analyzed and sold creates predictive behavior often hurting you in obtaining bank loans, college applications, marriage, school, job opportunities, airline tickets, house rents, etc. Further, online surveillance and machine learning targeted toward your online behavior are intelligence gathered to sell to the highest bidder which is beginning to interfere with your private life.