Privacy, Right to

The right to privacy is a right unknown to many, at least as long as it is not violated. Yet once people realize that their private spaces have been invaded, privacy then becomes a tool to remove unwanted scrutiny. Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis’s 1890 definition of privacy as “the right to be let alone” has been enriched over time. Today, according to Alan Westin, privacy is the right to control the use to which others make of the information about individuals. At a time when the Web 2.0 has become an important tool for the construction of the personality, the number and type of information that circulates on individuals has value in the construction of individuals’ social images. As the set of public information ...

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