Privacy and anonymity

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Privacy is the the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs.[1]

Layman's Definition

Privacy is the ability to keep information secret or hidden from outside parties.


If you do not want people to know things about you, you keep those things private. Privacy is how well you can keep those things private.

The main type of privacy that is at risk on the internet is informational privacy.[2] Privacy is a big issue any place where personally identifiable information is stored. This information includes, but is not limited to, financial and medical records, gender and ethnicity, political orientation, residence, and even biological traits.[3] Various Security measures can be enacted in order to maintain privacy and keep information secure.[4]

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  1. privacy. retrieved Thursday, September 11, 2008, from
  2. privacy. retrieved Thursday, September 11, 2008, from
  3. Information Privacy. retrieved Monday, September 15, 2008, from
  4. Informational Security. retrieved Friday, September 19, 2008, from