noun, plural pri·va·cies for 5, 6.
Origin of privacy
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.
Examples from the Web for 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.
I was near by, guarding his privacy, but you both escaped before I could stop you.The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Then he shut the bedroom door smartly, as a signal that Big Tom was to have privacy, and returned to his own program.The Rich Little Poor Boy|Eleanor Gates
They travelled second class, and it was not till a stoppage occurred at some junction that their privacy was invaded.The Man Who Was Good|Leonard Merrick
I am come to apologize for the intrusion of my wards upon your privacy, and to remove them instantly.Explorers of the Dawn|Mazo de la Roche
It was strange that Miss Betsey did not offer to go and leave the old man and child to their privacy.Madge Morton's Trust|Amy D. V. Chalmers
British Dictionary definitions for privacy
Word Origin and History for privacy
1590s, "a private matter, a secret;" c.1600 as "seclusion," from private (adj.) + -cy. Meaning "state of freedom from intrusion" is from 1814. Earlier was privatie (late 14c. as "secret, mystery;" c.1400 as "a secret, secret deed; solitude, privacy"), from Old French privauté.