Good Morning Blog Post Readers,
I can remember when privacy was a courtesy and not a legal right. When a person could withdraw from society and go into seclusion. When there were glass booths that we could enter to have personal telephone conversations. When we could turn on the television or listen to the radio and not hear every single, sorted detail of celebrity’s private life.
There was a time when people could have their private thoughts and not have to explain them to everyone about everything. When you could work in a health facility and not have to worry about breaking this law or that law for disclosing information. There was a time when you could get the names of people and their contact data without having to go through miles and miles of paperwork and permissions.
I can recall when I could ask for the name of a president, vice-president or any other authority related to the head of a corporation and not hear the words “I cannot disclose that information, it’s against company policy.”
Supposedly, we are living in a free society that has become no longer free. We have entangled ourselves in our efforts to remain separate and to keep our personal business confidential but in doing so have made communication murky and social ease next to impossible. We are condemned if we disclose too much and make ourselves the object of everyone’s suspicions if we do not say enough.
Technology has made privacy unattainable. There are very few issues that we can conceal if someone wants to investigate us. With our social security number in hand and knowledge of our birth date and just the click of a few keys on a home computer, everything we hold near and dear is exposed to everyone – everywhere. We are told we have privacy rights? What rights do we really have when strangers have access to what we, eat and drink and when we are on our computers working late into the night? What about our cell phones? They have made us so vulnerable. They can be tapped into very easily by someone who has the availability of software with the right functions to do the job.
We have video cameras practically the size of a pin head. We have cameras on our cell phones ready to snap whatever image we choose to capture and whoever we want to expose. Listening devices are just as inconspicuous and can be planted by anyone at anytime.
We say we have free speech but how free can it be if our rights are violated in the workplace and when we stand up for what we believe to be fair and just and in the process become victims of retaliatory dismissal or excluded from groups of our co-workers or colleagues. It seems as if everywhere I go these days, I encounter someone who is whispering, or speaking out of the sides of their mouth while they glance around, nervously from left-to-right, afraid that they may be overheard.
Privacy breached leads to interference, misunderstandings and intrusion even with the disclosure of the smallest of things. We all pay the full cost when there is no privacy. Bits and pieces of conversations overheard, here and there and, scads of information improperly transmitted to those who have no right to hear it leads to all kinds of confusion. Our intentions are misconstrued resulting in false impressions that fuel distrust, blacklisting or ensuing in paranoia.
”Privacy is more than a right or what some of us now have begun to think of as a “privilege.” Without it our lives cannot be as full or as deep as they could and should be. How free is someone who cannot transfer their emotions to the pages of their own personal journal for fear that they will be read. As our privacy slowly passes away, as we watch it slip by, we look for other ways to experience it. We participate in meditation or we mute ourselves instead of honestly revealing what we are thinking. We flee our environments and make arrangements to explore the outer reaches of our world, traveling into space to escape or creating new venues in technology such as virtual reality.
What we are doing To Assure More Privacy –
Advocacy Groups Ask Facebook for More Privacy Changes
How to Ensure the Disclosures Do not Compromise Your Safety
Are Cameras the New Guns?
An interesting read “Privacy in Peril” by James B. Rule
Read This If Your Privacy has been violated
A Personal Opinion Backed Up With Some Interesting Legal Rationale