Facing the perils of privacy in a digital world

When we think about privacy today, we can probably best sum it up as complicated and constantly changing. The way we interpret privacy. The way younger generations interpret privacy. And the increasing diligence needed to maintain our privacy, all add to the challenges of a digital world today.

Back in 1967, David Westin, in his book Privacy and Freedom, described privacy as
“The claim of individuals, groups or institutions, to determine for themselves, when, how and to what extent, information about them is communicated to others”

Still relevant today, his work led to the transformation of many laws concerning privacy. In more recent years however, he conceded that laws alone can no longer determine our privacy, but rather we need a combination of legal, technological and social fixes as well as constant education as to our rights, and our self determination of these rights.
As our hyperconnected, overly sharing digital world continues, this is certainly becoming more evident.

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