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Surely a man is entitled to the privacy of his dreams? David and Bathsheba 1951 starring Gregory Peck & Susan Hayward & James Robinson Justice & Jayne Meadows & Raymond Massey & Kieron Moore et al, director Henry King
Wash your soiled linen in private. Napoleon Bonaparte
The [US] Government passed the Patriot Act: it said that everyone’s personal data must be open to examination to stop further attacks. Privacy of the individual now became irrelevant in the face of a much higher need: security. Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer? ***** BBC 2021
When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy. Malcolm X
That the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Political, social, and economic changes entail the recognition of new rights, and the common law, in its eternal youth, grows to meet the demands of society.
The press is overstepping in every direction the obvious bounds of propriety and of decency. Gossip is no longer the resource of the idle and of the vicious, but has become a trade, which is pursued with industry as well as effrontery. To satisfy a prurient taste the details of sexual relations are spread broadcast in the columns of the daily papers ... The intensity and complexity of life, attendant upon advancing civilization, have rendered necessary some retreat from the world, and man, under the refining influence of culture, has become more sensitive to publicity, so that solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual; but modern enterprise and invention have, through invasions upon his privacy, subjected him to mental pain and distress, far greater than could be inflicted by mere bodily injury. Louis D Brandeis & Samuel Warren, The Right to Privacy
The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual. Earl Warren
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. Edward P Morgan
This is the birth of privacy. The private letter was a new kind of vehicle for private emotion. Adam Nicolson, The Century that Wrote Itself III: A World Re-Shaped by Writing, BBC 2013
And private in his chamber pens himself,
Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,
And makes himself an artificial night. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet I i 135-137
The idea of the government intruding into the privacy of the bedroom and arresting and imprisoning people because of adult consensual act is contrary to that purpose of limited government. Edward Tabash
In Lawrence v Texas the right of sexual privacy was extended to same-sex conduct. Edward Tabash
In January of 2001 fans attending the Super Bowl in Tampa were surprised to learn their faces had been captured by cameras, and then scanned by a database of known and suspected felons. Big Brother, Big Business, CNBC 2006
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else. David Brin
Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age. At the heart of the Internet culture is a force that wants to find out everything about you. And once it has found out everything about you and two hundred million others, that’s a very valuable asset, and people will be tempted to trade and do commerce with that asset. This wasn’t the information that people were thinking of when they called this the information age. Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel
Each individual is continually engaged in a personal adjustment process in which he balances the desire for privacy with the desire for disclosure and communication of himself to others, in light of the environmental conditions and social norms set by the society in which he lives. Alan Westin, Privacy and Freedom, 1968
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. William O Douglas dissenting, Public Utilities Commission v Pollak, 343 US 451 467 1952
There is a sacred realm of privacy for every man and woman where he makes his choices and decisions – a realm of his own essential rights and liberties into which the law, generally speaking, must not intrude. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, Look magazine 17th March 1959
Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private. I have urged Congress – except when the Nation’s security is at stake – to take action to that end. Lyndon B Johnson, 1967
For what reason have I this vast range and circuit, some square miles of unfrequented forest, for my privacy, abandoned to me by men? My nearest neighbor is a mile distant, and no house is visible from any place but the hill-tops within half a mile of my own. I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself; a distant view of the railroad where it touches the pond on the one hand, and of the fence which skirts the woodland road on the other. But for the most part it is as solitary where I live as on the prairies. It is as much Asia or Africa as New England. I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1856
Privacy is the space bad people need to do bad things in. Paul McMullan, former deputy features editor News of the World, to Leveson Inquiry 29 November 2011
A permanent war against a hidden enemy. A new strategy of prevention. And new perils to privacy ... The government’s secret surveillance efforts. Frontline: Spying on the Home Front, PBS 2007
Innocent people will get caught in the dragnet. ibid.
Spying on the home front had begun in the shadow of 9/11. ibid.
The NSA was accused of invading American civil liberties during the scandals of the Watergate era in the 1970s. ibid.
Privacy has become an illusion. ibid.
The government accounting office found 199 data mining projects in more than 50 government agencies. ibid.
In 2007, nearly two years after this programme was broadcast in the US, the National Intelligence Director confirmed that US telecommunication companies had played a key role in the domestic eavesdropping programme. The Telecoms companies have been granted immunity by the US courts for cooperating with the government in its surveillance activities but it’s for the federal courts to decide such scheme’s constitutionality. ibid.
Does it concern you that your telephone company may be providing your phone records to the government without your knowledge and permission? CNN News ‘Privacy on the Line’, Cafferty File
This is one of the most important first amendment cases in American history.’ Nobody Speak: Trials of a Free Press, critic, 2017
Hogan suing the website Gawker [Bollea v Gawker] for publishing a website that shows him having sex with a former wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. ibid. news
Against a backdrop of mistrust of the media. ibid. critic
It just gets weirder and weirder and weirder. ibid.
Gawker claims he’s [Hogan] fair game and it’s news. ibid. television news
Hogan breaks down crying at the verdict. ibid. critic
$140 million in damages. ibid. television news
Hulk Hogan’s Benefactor Revealed: Tech Billionaire Funded Lawsuit Against Gossip Site. ibid. television news banner
Google’s admitted but classified relationships with government agencies like the NSA … The US government made 6,192 requests for Google to remove information from its services in the latter half of 2011. The Corbett Report: Just Be Evil, James Corbett online 2012
It’s own [Google’s] violations and abuses of users’ privacy and the unsettling statements that its executives have made about the very concept of privacy. ibid.