Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Right to Privacy

Think not public.
Not everything is everyone's business.
How much do you want to share?
Are you sharing more than you would want,
without knowing it, through the Internet?

Some of you use your full name
when you comment here on the Sky of Stars blog.
Your opinion stays here, undeleted, for who knows how long.
Do you stand by what you say and how you say it, for years?


On the other hand, is privacy no longer a social norm?
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg stated in 2010:
"People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information
and different kinds but more openly and with more people.
That social norm is just something that has evolved over time."
Have we "evolved" past privacy?


51 comments:

Fernanda A said...

Well for me privacy is important, but like the post says, Facebookers have gotten comfortable posting up everything they do. You can block some things but its still there for the world to see. The right to privacy is essential in life and everyone is entitled to it.

Nicole said...

I believe a person will only make information public if they feel as if it’s not that much of a private matter. One will only share what they feel comfortable to do so. As far as saying “regretting” certain things you say or make public. I will never and have never regretted anything I have said. Because at the time I meant it and I always say what I mean. Why regret something that you felt at that moment in time. The right of privacy lies within ourselves, we control what becomes public.

-Nicole Chaplin-

Terrance said...

Wow! First of all, I don't have a facebook page to share private information with the public. Next, this is a topic that most of us have ignored. I am not sure that I will be able to stand behind some of the comments that I have made over the years for years to come. Privacy is a long lost aspect of humanity. This is truly a great topic of discussion.

Anonymous said...

I am a believer that privacy is important. More and more everyday people are making private information available for public view. I do not feel individuals understand the full ramification of public post. For example posting on Facebook that you are having a bad day could immediately cause you to receive unnecessary advice and or lead those around you to feel they have the right to comment on how to make you feel better. You are inviting them into your personal space. Which I feel could make a bad day turn worse publicly. E.S.

Espy said...

Privacy all depends on the person. However, if you are posting things on your Facebook status', they aren't private. Privacy is a right that everyone has but it varies per person.

Anonymous said...

can you imagine living in a world filled with no privacy. people's perception on the world would definitely change. on the contrary, at least more everybody would be aware of the truth. but sometimes its best that somethings are hidden and thats when privacy comes to play.

f.c.

Anonymous said...

The most important subject of any human being, should be the right to privacy any where you see it. Therefore, the paparazzi should be banned from
the face of the earth.

Ismael DelValle

Anonymous said...

Privacy is the most important thing when it comes to working in the medical field. As an employee of a hospital, we take privacy very seriously.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely NOT! It is vital to have the right to privacy! Not only is everyone not comfortable with sharing their business but not everyone can handle knowing other people's business. -- KB

deltoroclaudia said...

Many say they are very self cautious with what they write or say but yet when you go on face book it’s like an online diary that people update anytime they like. I personally do not like writing my personal business on face book the most I write is "Going Out with the Friends" or "I got an A on a test". Most people say that the right to privacy is essential yet most people discard those rights they all say have. The thing that most people let out to the public is their intimate problems, money, relationships and more, yet 10% of the people don’t care about your problems and the other 90% are happy you have them.

Anonymous said...

The Right to Privacy is a must, however when people shares something in Facebook, Twitter or even in this blog they know that the post is being read by other people in general. Is not that they are being pressured to say something they don't want. I think of privacy violation if I open someone else's correspondence, read a text message that wasn't sent to me or if I listen to someone else's phone conversation. Laura R.

Renata said...

Many people are not comfortable or just don't like to share their life with other people,however those people might end up exposed without knowing or without their consent. Therefore I believe everyone should right to privacy.

tiffytiff305 said...

Some people like to tell the world all their business. Soemtimes I meet people and within a very short amount of time I already know their whole life's story. It is sad that we have "evolved." It is a good thing to remain private. If everyone knows everything then there isn't much more to look foward to, is there?

Anonymous said...

Personal privacy is an illusion. The Patriot Act made sure that no ones personal life is private. At any moment the government can listen to a conversation you may have had or read past text's. Even as a citizen I can do background checks on anyone I wish.
-ND-

Anonymous said...

Everyone has the right to privacy. Everyone should keep their bussiness to themselves unless they want to share it. But as time has evolved people share their business a little too much. Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter has become a personal diary for people. They post every single detail of their lives and it has gone to an extent that it is sad. We need privacy to actually have a life. Why have your personal information in other peoples hands?
-shivani

Luz Mery said...

The Right to Privacy is one that should be respected by everyone. I believe posting all sorts of information on facebook and twitter has become out of hand. Posting to much personal information has caused people to loose their lives. Like the life of certain celebrities that are never respected. There are parts of their lives they want their fans to know but not every single detail.

michelle said...

over the years, privacy has gone from being something sacred to having every little detail about you on a social network, such as Facebook. i personally, dont like having all my friends or followers on Facebook know everything about me.. there really is no sense in privacy, because lets face it, there is a bunch of stalkers out there in the cyber world.. & i think people should know what is private, and what is "Facebook material"

ROB O. said...

I believe a person regulates their own privacy for the most part. There are always people that are going to pry into others lives (such as the media with celebs). I dont think facebook has anything to do with sacrificing your own privacy. I think its used more as a communication tool.

Lisa said...

I don't think we have evolved past privacy. What I believe is that people say what they say because they are commenting on a computer and not directly in front of someone. I can bet that if they were talking face to face, people would be more cautious of their words. lp

Anonymous said...

Privacy is important but different people demand different amounts, like respect. Some people don't mind sending pictures via text message and others never will. We all have the right but some people don't mind what they show to others.

Anonymous said...

Privacy is important but different people demand different amounts, like respect. Some people don't mind sending pictures via text message and others never will. We all have the right but some people don't mind what they show to others.

-oops, forgot this

surfershoes

Esmeralda A said...

I totally agree, i believe that as time goes by, we tend to share our information with others regardless how personal it may be. I use to be very discreet and as i grew older i felt more comfortable with myself to be open with others. I think that society has changed therefore, we see things differently now than before.Ea

Luisa Isla said...

The internet has provided us with a way of probing into other people's life. The definition of privacy is changing. Facebook lets you share pictures and post status, but it steals away your privacy. We all deserve to keep some information private while still being able to express ourselves.

Aimara said...

More than a right privacy is a decision. People, who do not want to disclose part of their life, they just need to keep privacy in private.
About opinions that can change with the time, I think that people need to stand by what they say, and if they change their mind trough the time, then they should have the courageous to recognized it, and express their new opinion
Aimara Ors

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Anonymous said...

Today’s technology is making every ones personal information less private. Identity theft, credit cards frauds, are among the new problems we are facing due to the lack of privacy. The right to privacy is a basic need now for our own protection. GS

Anonymous said...

We have not evolved past privacy; people are still terrified of the idea of highway surveillance camera. With respect to facebook, each person logs on knowing that their information will be seen by everyone. Knowing this, you give up your right to privacy, we all have a choice to either log on or not.Gary Norris

Rosa F. said...

I think it depends on the person. I know some people who will sit and talk to me for hours and hours about everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, that goes on in their lives. I also know others that won't tell you anything about themselves unless you ask them a direct question about a specific subject. Everyone has the right to privacy. Whether they take advantage of it is a matter of personal preference. -- Rosa F.

Patty. D said...

Privacy is an important factor of my life. I like to keep my life as much private as I can. The more information you give people about yourself, the more the will talk about it. That is why I do not belong to any social network like Facebook, Twitter, etc. I think Is a waste of time to let everyone know what you are or not doing, rather than keeping you persona life interesting and private.
Patricia Delgado.

Anonymous said...

For myself, nobody knows what you don't tell them, but privacy nowadays seems like a very hard thing to keep.

Eddie M.

Anonymous said...

I definitely stand by what I say and how I say it therefore, I have no problems with stating my name on this blog. I do find the Internet dangerous for our youth and it is a reflection of attention seeking behavior. Parents should be aware of what web sites their children are spending time on. As far as adults are concerned this involves the exercise of control over the type and amount of information a person reveals about themselves and who may access that information.
People need to realize the repercussions of sharing information on the web


Ann Marie

Anonymous said...

I believe we only say what we want to be known. Being a society that is more open can help people with problems they might be facing. Knowing that they are not alone and someone else has experienced the same or similar problems. This could only be done by opening up to others. However on the other hand we must respect and keep private was is told to us in confidence. Marcia P

Pedro said...

Running commentary on the internet can affect a persons privacy. On facebook it is normal now to see peoples privacy on the internet. I trust what I write on Sky of Stars and I believe the Right to Privacy is also based on how a person controls what they say.P.L

Miglaude said...

The right to privacy is a very important aspect in people life. There is no confidence that people one day will respect the privacy of others totally. We can see also there are very small amount of laws that particularly protect human being right to privacy. It is essential to distinguish that a serious menace to privacy exists and they should to do something about it.

Ingrid J. said...

We have become a people who want to air our dirty laundry. Look at all the reality shows. I think some of us forget that there are some sick people out there that just wait for an opportunity. Still, we do have a right to privacy, and I still believe and do agree that some people only reveal what they want others to know. Let,s face something else, once you have a credit card or a social security card how much privacy do you really have?

daili7599 said...

Privacy is something that everyone should have if they decide to. There are certain things that are better kept to yourself, things that we do not wish to share with others. I believe that people share as much as they want, if they don’t want something to be known then just simply don’t need to say anything.
-D. Diaz

wimberly.rhonda said...

I believe that everyone has the right to there privacy. If it was not a requirement for one my classes, I would have never considered blogging. There must be a better way to teach writing, other ways existed before the internet was discovered. I think I would prefer learning the old school way.

RV said...

Privacy is really important, there are certain things we should only discuss we ourselves until the time is right to make them public.

Anonymous said...

I know a few years from now my opinions on certain things will change. As for privacy we ourselves are the only ones that control that.
Gaby R.

Janet Almonte said...

Privacy seems to be a minor issue in most in this generation. Blogs, Social pages, instant messaging, and tweeting are all full of everyone’s information. There are those who post what they are doing constantly so that everyone can know where they are, what they are doing and even who they are with. Those of the older generations feel that all privacy has been lost as a thing of the past. Those of the current generation feel as if this is the norm. Who is then correct in this debate? Let’s investigate this right to privacy that we all believe we own in the U.S.
Who would have ever imagined that the right to privacy is not a part of our Constitution in the U.S.? This right can be best observed in the 9th Amendment. “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This states that basically just because a right is not in the Constitution, this does not necessarily mean that it does not exist. However, “certain rights” is not specific and may be interpreted in anyway the beholder wishes. Then what are really legal rights to privacy? Do we behold any rights at all to privacy or is this something that we have desired so much that we ourselves created them? Do we feel that are current generation is too liberal with them? What if everything is public and we have no right to deny others this right? We need to acknowledge that we never truly had them in the first place.

Janet

Johana said...

Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite. Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them.Regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances.

Anonymous said...

I believe that everyone should have the right to privacy. But in this generation, it is very hard to obtain a more private life. As most of us have blogs, face book, tweeting, etc., our lives seem to be more public. But in my opinion, it is because we desire for that. If we are putting our privacy out in the internet world then there are many risks we have to take. For example, when we pay for things online, it is possible that someone can take our identity and even take our credit card information. It is very sad but true. Everyone should have the right to privacy but unfortunately, it does not seem that way.
MelB

Anonymous said...

I strongly believe in the right to privacy and protect my privacy to avoid those that misuse private information, and because people tend to judge, label and make assumptions based on little to no information or misconstrued information. I try to limit the information I share about myself and make it relevant to the situation - the phrase "too much information" was created for a reason. It comes down to respect for yourself and others. I do not think we have "evolved" past privacy, but the expectation of privacy has changed with all the electronic means of communication and the way in which it is used.
Gabe

Jenny said...

I believe that we have the full right to privacy. It is entirely up to the individual if they choose to share information with the public. It is everyone's right to have their privacy respected and protected.

JR

Anonymous said...

I think that people choose to be heard or seem in public because they want to. I also believe that we have the right to privacy but we have the responsability to use it with wisdom.

Claudia B.

Anonymous said...

in many cases it is up to the individual, but privacy can also be taken by force, like in spying and other similar acts.sometimes this is perpetrated by our own government, like in the whole Bush phone tapping thing.
i believe there are circumstances when privacy must be violated, there are circumstances for everything.


JB

lachinita520 said...

We haven’t ‘evolved’ past privacy, we’ve lost its meaning with everything being technological. It’s up to you in deciding how much info is put out and how much you’d want to share because yes ‘not everything is everyone's business.’ At the same time, if you want to keep something private don’t have it shared via verbally spoken, posted online or in social references (ex: facebook or twitter). – D.T

Anonymous said...

I think we often share too much information, without even knowing it. Facebook, myspace and twitter are all contributing to this. We frequently post where we are at the moment on Facebook without realizing that many other people can see where you are located. I do not think we have evolved past privacy but rather we share more information that what we want without realizing it. -v.p.

TrustMeImADoctor said...

People still maintain their privacy through other means even though it may seem that they are sharing their daily lives through the internet. What one may perceive himself as can be incredibly different from the way he behaves behind closed doors. As for certain privacy such as things being spread in mere seconds through technology; that's a whole other level of invasion one's right to privacy.

shan said...

The right to privacy is very important to me. My business is my business and if I tell my business to someone else and it gets out, it's nobody's fault but my own for telling it.

Anonymous said...

To be quite frank, I feel as though there has been a significance as toward a lesser interest in the right towards privacy. for it seem, almost as if people would like to revael all as oppose to conceal all. It's almost as if, people wish to bear all instead of resrtrict all.
F.H
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