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Why privacy is important

Posted by James Hammerton @ 3:57 pm on 17 January, 2009.
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For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.

From Bruce Schneier’s The Eternal Value of Privacy.

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