the state of being apart from other people or concealed from their view; solitude; seclusion: Please leave the room and give me some privacy.
the state of being free from unwanted or undue intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs; freedom to be let alone: Tourists must respect the tribe’s privacy.Those who wish to smoke can do so in the privacy of their own homes.: See also invasion of privacy.
freedom from damaging publicity, public scrutiny, secret surveillance, or unauthorized disclosure of one’s personal data or information, as by a government, corporation, or individual: Ordinary citizens have a qualified right to privacy.There is so much information about us online that personal privacy may be a thing of the past.
the state of being concealed; secrecy: Before he told us of his plans, he insisted on total privacy.
Usually privacies .Archaic. a personal matter that is concealed; a secret.
Archaic. a private or secluded place.
Isolation and sequestration generally signify physical separation. In contrast to privacy and secrecy, which are usually sought by the individuals involved, isolation and sequestration are often imposed by others. For example, a vulnerable medical patient might be kept in isolation to protect him from acquiring an infection through contact with others, or a prisoner might be placed in isolation —that is, in solitary confinement—as punishment for an infraction. Sequestration can refer to things as well as to people, and is most often used to specify separation in technical or legal contexts: Carbon sequestration in the coal industry can potentially alleviate the problem of global warming; Sequestration of the jury she was serving on kept her away from her family for weeks; Until its leaders comply with international agreements, sequestration of that nation's overseas bank accounts will remain in effect.
One wants to keep one's secrets secret, and as well, keep many aspects of one's life private. But the ability of powerful corporations, government intelligence agencies, online stores, social media, or even individual thieves to reach and probe into our personal communications, buying habits, financial resources, circle of friends, and general lifestyle poses threats to one's privacy. Fortunately, for most people, reasonable precautions are usually enough to allow them to engage in normal activities without great worry.
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How to use privacy in a sentence
Efforts to collect and mine health data have triggered alarms from privacy advocates in the past.Alphabet’s Verily plans to use big data to help employers predict health insurance costs | Rachel Schallom | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
With this enabler, we accelerated our digital plans several-fold while ensuring safety, privacy, and optimal outcomes.COVID-19 has spurred rapid transformation in health care. Let’s make sure it stays that way | jakemeth | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
If that lawsuit is successful, no UC school could use its internal definition of privacy as a justification for defying the California Public Records Act in the future.Morning Report: SDPD Says It Will Stop Seditious Language Tickets | Voice of San Diego | August 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In other words, the university argued that its own definition of privacy overrides the public’s right to know.
Methods, such as device fingerprinting, are also under siege for compromising people’s privacy.
privacy advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation say everyone should use it.
It almost makes you wonder if Lizard Squad did this just to annoy Anonymous and the other earnest champions of privacy.
Aside from reaching an international audience, leaving Oz had another benefit—no more silly intrusions into her privacy.
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Twitter seems to be the most upstanding in terms of privacy of its customers.
In a conducted tour, I soon discovered, there was little liberty, to say nothing of privacy.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
In the privacy of Lawrence's room, Carl told his story—a story that Lawrence listened to breathless attention.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
He gestured to Mandleco, who finally took the hint and escorted the visitors into the privacy of the office.We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
After that he and Mert, as by a common thought impelled, climbed out and went over to a bushy live oak to confer in privacy.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
She had been right in assuming that he dared not trust himself to the tempting privacy of the letter.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for privacy
the condition of being private or withdrawn; seclusion
the condition of being secret; secrecy
philosophy the condition of being necessarily restricted to a single person
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