When you search privacy in the Google search bar, Google decode this word into different meaning such as seclusion, isolation, peace, solitude and so on. The term privacy is buzz word, its count as abstraction and has a range of meaning depending upon the person you are talking to,. It has been used by the politicians and philosophers as well as in sociology and anthropology. It was dignified and valued by the ancient cultures. Moreover, it was also discussed in Aristotle’s political philosophy when he distinguishes the political life vs. the private and domestic life. When Odysseus was asked for favor from gods he chooses to live a private life in tenth book of Republic. Why privacy is so important? Why do we want seclusion? Why do we want to hide some things? These are some of the preliminary questions that we would explore and evaluate in this essay.
I referred to Aristotle and Plato as being the pioneers of the concept of privacy in Western Philosophical thought but the things have changes we live in a world mass communication and internet where the privacy of others is always at a constant threat. The concept of privacy has changed and transformed with passage of time. As far as the issue of online privacy is concerned, the problem has become more relevant than ever as the Uk’s Liberal Democrats had voted for the Digital Bill Rights. Hence, one can see the value of privacy in the 21st century. The purpose of Digital Bill Rights is to protect people’s privacy and provide security to their private data. According to this bill privacy is a fundamental human right that must be respected and if violated must be punished. Privacy is about respect of one’s individuality. Internet privacy can be sub-categorized as data privacy; it includes records of personal information, cybercriminals can trade with your personal data, your pictures, your phone numbers and what not? Free online services make money by using our data; cyber bullying, hacking and theft are the common issues on internet. Human beings are by nature conscious of their privacy, they want privacy for the skae privacy, hence, this reason alone is essential to prove it’s important in my life.
There are many ways of protecting one’s online privacy and these add-ons are specially designed to help you detect the culprit. Among these add-ons are AdBlock, Ghostery, and Do Not Track Plus. Similarly there are ways to protect your e-mails, your cell-phones and so on. Even the government uses information to track criminals by invading our privacy and the UK’s Digital Bill Rights is honest endeavor towards this governmental practice. Our information consumption highly depends on the secrecy or the transparency. It is very natural if your information is exposed you are broken and you don’t trust online sources no more. In the recent years we have seen scandals ignited when this fundamental human right was violated, it affected many people’s lives for good as its effects are far ranging.