• The Importance of Privacy

    There’s a reason we put blinds on windows and it isn’t so that we can murder our spouses. It’s so we can walk around naked, so that people cant see our credit card bills, our passwords or our bank accounts, cant steal our home equity, our identities, stalk our kids, and the list goes on. Or if you have nothing to hide and you don’t mind, would it perhaps come down to being concerned about the content of the character of the people doing the stalking? Are you sure you can trust them with your private life? Your entire world? Are you absolutely sure? After all it takes all sorts to make a world and not everybody has good intentions. Put it this way: if you have nothing to hide and don’t object to having your privacy violated (some feel it’s a violation and an invasion of personal cyberspace), then perhaps you wont mind me photographing you naked and showing all your flaws in all their glory to all your friends at work? 🙂

    Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have Nothing to Hide

    Incidentally the 4th amendment guarantees privacy. Privacy is a fundamental basis to development and innovation, and in the new creative global economy may be part of economic success or failure. If we don’t demand it we will stand a good chance of giving away our healthy economic future, because the future (what’s left of it), is all about innovation, and very little about industrialized operational efficiency. This is why outsourcing is so bad for Western Economies because quality goes out the window when the subcontractor’s aim is purely one of profit, not quality. And we out source the pursuit of cost cutting efficiencies, out future innovative edge goes out the window. The founding fathers knew what they were doing – how come we seem to keep forgetting?

    from HBR “…Privacy is shorthand for breathing room to engage in the process of … self-development. … since life and contexts are always changing, privacy cannot be reductively conceived as one specific type of thing. It is better understood as an important buffer that gives us space to develop an identity that is somewhat separate from the surveillance, judgment, and values of our society and culture. Privacy is crucial for helping us manage all of these pressures — pressures that shape the type of person we are — and for “creating spaces for play and the work of self-[development].” Cohen argues that this self-development allows us to discover what type of society we want and what we should do to get there, both factors that are key to living a fulfilled life.”