The Right to Privacy

I can envision a future in which humans are fitted with technology at birth. Who has a right to the information in those bits of computer data? Are we like dogs, where anyone can read our chips? Or do we have a right to privacy as the Constitution guarantees? What does privacy entail in a digital age?

Please use the open space below to share your first 50 words on the topic “the right to privacy.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “The Right to Privacy”

  1. “Privacy is dead get over it”. It was a few years since I heard the phase but it still chills me. Multinational companies have to abide by laws throughout the world and lobbying hard to ensure that privacy laws do not impact them. Consider from their view, cloud-based services could be running in the US, China and they do not want to have to worry that their data being passed back and forth applies to local privacy laws. The easiest course is to ensure no law accounts for their case so they can do as they like. “Privacy is dead,” well it will be if the laws are not updated in the people’s interest before companies get their way.

  2. Part of marketing entering WWII entailed the Four Freedoms, one of which was Freedom From Fear. Fear is now a marketing tool used for enticing the USA populace to support ___ whatever. Whether it’s anti this or pro that, most of which boils down to a Constitutional
    Right, they all are founded in fear. Currently those taking center stage are “terrorism”, Zika Virus, guns, drugs, violence, diversity due to immigration, changes to “standard of living”. Out of the terrorism genre comes a focus on a “right to privacy.” We’ve pretty much given away this “right” already. An interactive Barbie doll named “Hello Barbie” is one example. Everything is fair game; nothing is private when a child “converses” with Barbie AND what is said is retained in the Cloud. Any owner of anything “smart” has handed over his/her right to privacy. Just today in the print media there was description and graph of how police entities use “tracking simulators” to find and follow people through their cell phones. Now I’ve become used to this ability in TV shows like NCIS but never before was I treated to just how it works. It works because by purchase of smart phones and smart cars and the like many of us have shown a disdain for a right to privacy. We’ve become a nation of uncritical thinkers who bemoan, after the fact, something we should have been watching all along. Rights belong to those who treasure them enough to safeguard them when the first chinks appear. not when they’ve become too weak. Vigilance is a virtue we desperately need rather than lamentation.

  3. I Think of
    Right to privacy
    When a stranger on a train wants to know the amount my husband earns.
    Right to privacy
    When my well-meaning neighbour wishes to know my menstrual history.
    Right to privacy
    When my child locks her voluminous diary away, and the key is , of course, missing.
    Right to privacy
    When patients spill their painful pasts , sitting in the draughty dressing room, waiting their turn at wound dressing.
    Right to privacy
    When your relative cries on the phone over a silly argument she had with someone close.
    Right to privacy
    When your maid confides in you of her unspeakable affairs.
    Right to privacy
    When your beautician decides to unburden her soul, or you unburden yours.

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