#1
Today I was thinking about my internet privacy and how I really have no idea how much of what I look up or do or say online is tracked and how much could be attributed to me. Then I started thinking about how most people staunchly support personal privacy, and how much it bothers them to see someone have theirs invaded--whether it be online or something like an unlawful search by a police officer. And I am the exact same way. Privacy is very important to me and to see someone not be justly given their own privacy pains me and angers me.

Then I started thinking about why privacy is so highly valued in general by people. I know a lot of the things that I think, do, say, etc. that I keep very private and know that most of the things I want kept private I want so because of how it would negatively affect me legally, socially, etc. seems simple, but I want it private not because of any introverted, quiet reason, but because a lot of these things are BAD and I do not want people to know them. I am quite well aware of the perceptions of some of the things I do and that they are generally regarded as bad things. Things that I think most people would agree are bad, or are at least viewed by society as bad. There is maybe one secret I keep that I can think of that is in and of itself perfectly morally neutral, but that I keep private to not change others' perception of me. The rest of the things I do online or via text or carry on me that I want to keep private and not have spread are often pot related; something I obviously would want to keep quiet, but cannot imagine the gov't or a lot of the population, one that is typically so supportive of personal privacy, sharing my desire for this privacy.

Or maybe I'm wrong; but what I'm wondering is, what all kind of things do most people need a level of personal privacy for? I know why I need privacy, and it is for reasons that may not resound with everyone and could be even perceived as BAD things that I am hiding. So what does everyone else have to hide that has made privacy such a big deal? Or do most people even need privacy?

The closest thing I can come up with is not even a daily usage of this privacy; but perhaps a certain level of privacy has to be mandated for a population so that if there was a mass decision from the population that the government has become corrupt or no longer supports the best interest of the people, the people have every right to a certain level of operation invisible to the government so that they may assimilate and form an opposition.

Thoughts? tl;dr Why do you need privacy? Is privacy, in the end, just to save people a bunch of embarrassment and protect small-time criminals? Why, then, is there such a staunch and unanimous support from people of all walks of life for personal privacy?

#2
Mostly because people are judgmental of each other and we need to have the control to present ourselves in different ways in different circumstances and scenarios.

For example, it probably wouldn't go over well if a male high school teacher's browsing history showed that he looked up school girl porn for instance.
#3
Your name is Brian Cantor.
You are 17 years old.
You live at 227 Sycamore Ave, Ridgeville Illinois.
Your mother's name is Linda.
You have tomato plants in your backyard.


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#4
Human social interaction is based on deception, privacy will be necessary unless the human civilization would alter the environment up to a point where honesty will be more valuable than emotional state and personal interest. This is unlikely to happen.
#5
i hope there's some government worker reading all my posts in the pit
Eat your pheasant
Drink your wine
Your days are numbered, bourgeois swine!
#7
Quote by stratkat
I wonder if google will ever get the buisness sense to sell our (detailed) search history to potential employers, and the government.


if every potential employer bought access to everybody, i think there'd be a pretty level playing field. i think there's more jobs than there are spotless people.

#8
Quote by Vanhalaf
Human social interaction is based on deception, privacy will be necessary unless the human civilization would alter the environment up to a point where honesty will be more valuable than emotional state and personal interest. This is unlikely to happen.


Strong this.

Quote by Bladez22
i hope there's some government worker reading all my posts in the pit


The more people I can make feel sick inside the better

You had better hope you are getting paid to read the shit I type.