11
Nov
2005

Is privacy no longer a right but a luxury?

IT-Analysis
by Bob MacDowell

11/10/05

Historically, privacy was, perhaps, one of the defining traits of British Society: lack of identity cards; ability to express views (however distasteful and abhorrent) complemented by the privacy with which the Public Authorities could pursue the business of government and administration. However, current media coverage would indicate that there is now less concern for the right to privacy, which is increasingly seen as a privilege or luxury. The perceived, if unproven, greater threat of terrorism is put forward as the major factor or excuse. This is complemented by public behaviour: the obsessive desire to participate in and be spectators of confessional stories on TV and other media; the abandon with which people communicate in public on their mobile phones -- often releasing information of a highly personal or even commercially confidential nature...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
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