Sunday, February 25, 2007

Privacy 101

From Wiki: Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to keep their lives and personal affairs out of public view, or to control the flow of information about themselves”

But it’s more than that.

Privacy is when you don’t interfere into other people’s life, way of life, decision making, private life, emotional life and professional, social and financial life.

Privacy is when you don’t sneak and try to catch a glimpse of someone’s details, be it physical or moral

Privacy is when you stand correctly in a line up; keep a distance between yourself and the person in front of you, especially when that person is being served

Privacy is when you mind your own business

Privacy is when you talk quietly in a public place or among a crowd

Privacy is upheld when you receive an application, be it for a passport, a loan or a registration, and you do not share its details with anyone else, except trusted people that are involved in the process.

Privacy is when you keep a secret, a record of someone you know, someone who had a mishap in his/her life, went to prison, declares love to you or decides to shares his/her sexual orientation

Privacy is when you meet someone, discuss confidential or personal details and you keep them for yourself, and forever

Privacy is golden when the holder knows the boundary between public and private

Privacy is void when the holder claims to know the virtue of privacy, yet acts otherwise

Privacy starts with you and not with the others

Privacy is a cornerstone of relationship, which in turn is the founding element of a society

Privacy is a measure of civilization think again about your entourage before you talk.


Anonymous soulef said...

Je suis d'accord avec toi Napo , mais des fois on attire la confidence , on se sent bien une fois confiée son secret pour peut-etre trouver une solution...(j'espere que j'ai bien compris ton post , ça fait longtemps que je n'ai pas pratiqué l'anglais juste je le fais pour les devoirs des enfants c'est encore facile )
C'est ce qui sûr ton post fort interessant parle du secret privé qu'on doit garder pour soi...

6:16 PM  
Anonymous aymen said...

Just at the begin I want to state that some people seems to show their public lives, but in reality they don't say the truth, they want just to make the others feel comfortable ,a kinda of social engineering, with bad intentions at the end, sometimes.

Privacy paragraph 1:
In some cases, there is a need to bypass the privacy when an advice is needed to help someone avoiding a great mistake. We live within a society and we must help friends, but just an advice, no further "marjjj"!

Privacy paragraph 4:
I will say something in pseudo Arabic, the Muslim's prophet said that: "ta3awanou 3ala oumourekom bel ketmane" (I forget the right sentence)

Your last sentence makes me think the following:
When do we consider someone enough trusted to share with him details about something? A friend, a close friend? What if the close friend isn't a real friend? Should we be maniac and keep all details/problems for ourselves to protect our privacy?
In internet, what's the limit of privacy compared to real life? For example in real life we week the person in internet should we ask someone for his picture, yes/no?

Great post napo as usual.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous aymen said...

correcting a sentence in my last comment:
"For example in real life we see the person, in internet should we ask someone for his picture, yes/no? and why it's different ?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Napo said...

@soulef, se confier est meme un droit je pense, il faut degager, parler, 'vent' comme on dit en anglais, mais c l'interlocuteur qui a une grande responsablite d'ecouter, sinon suggerer et guider..mais l'esssentiel agir comme un vrai le contraire est catastrophique pour la confiance et la relation.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Napo said...

@aymen: i believe whoever is not truthful is a liar. i'd rather keep my life private and share minimum details, then lie.

giving an advice, being a friend, does not mean sharing private details, people can help each other without sharing birth dates, i've learned that in north america. i work with people that i dont even know their sexual orientation or where they live even, and none is of any interest to me.

as far as ur last question is concerned, i think it really depend on the person you're talking to and the circumstances. but here's a tip that i usually use, the level of trust is a linear function your pal's turstworthiness, in my world trust starts from zero then builds up gradually over time, except when it's fully granted for family and very close friends, for every one else, there is no trust whatsover, esepcially on the net..but that's me and i think that i'm the exception to the rule. i've been slapped quite few times by net friends for being unforthcoming about my true identity, thus my private life.

11:34 PM  
Blogger SNAWSI said...

Privacy is a measure of civilization
--> love that one !

Unfortunately, in Tunisia, we still need to make some efforts on that level.

3:44 AM  
Anonymous aymen said...

I like very much the north american mentaliy who consists of considering someone just as a human/competence without giving any consideration to sex/competence/religion/... which doesn't have in general any influence in the accomplishment of a given task at work.

Very interesting answer about my question ,till this time I haven't been slapped over the net,because I try to share the least possible details about myself and did that only when needed (and it depends of the person),and as you say it depends of the person !

"so think again about your entourage before you talk"=> a basis into my life ;) too

8:02 AM  
Anonymous aymen said...

why 101 ?? :)

8:03 AM  
Blogger Napo said...

@sanwsi, indeed dear. in TN, we are quite behind when it comes to privacy, lately i deposit an application to a tunisian administration, then i noticed that my file was just sitting on a public desk, potentially vieweable and accessible by anyone. if this was in the US/Canada, such file woould be locked, and would be accessible to the public by a court order :)
I was appaled by how TN admin staff handle privacy.

@aymen, 101 stands for 'beginner / introductory'. all 'first' courses in north american start with 101, i.e. consulting 101, computer 101, etc.

8:09 AM  

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