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Definition of Privacy and Information Privacy: 

Privacy :

The ability of a person or group to seclude or exclude themselves, free from interference and thereby express themselves selectively.

Information Privacy :

The ability or right to have control over how personal information is stored and used.


Importance of Data and Information : 

Data : Data is raw, unprocessed, unorganised facts.

Information : Collection of data which provides a meaningful context. It can often be used to answer the following questions:

  1. Who
  2. What
  3. Which
  4. When
  5. Why
  6. How

Often Information & Data are used interchangeably - However it is essential to understand the difference.


Why is Privacy so important :

Privacy helps a person maintain individuality and autonomy.  It also assists in maintaining social boundaries. For example, you do not want your boss to know what you had for breakfast today morning (unless you explicitly mention this information).

Privacy also provides people with 2nd chances to correct their earlier mistakes.

In the world of ubiquitous devices and their data extraction patterns, privacy is crucial.


Experiment : Try to identify a person based solely on what they reveal in public.


Internet Privacy:

Surveillance , Customization and user data consumption are the  business models and pillars of the Internet. User have no clear understanding on who owns their data and what it is being used for. This information is often shrouded in complex "Terms and Conditions" preventing a user from understanding its implications.


For organisations moving on to the cloud , it is essential they understand the privacy implications of their data on a cloud service provider.