Privacy has as many meanings as people interpreting what it means. Recent history documents privacy as a fundamental human right.
In 1948 the United Nations published a Universal Declaration of Human Rights including the following:
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Among EU nations, the CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION also includes this: (the rest is also worth a read!)
Respect for private and family life
Everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications.
Protection of personal data
1. Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.
2. Such data must be processed fairly for specified purposes and on the basis of the consent of the person concerned or some other legitimate basis laid down by law. Everyone has the right of access to data which has been collected concerning him or her, and the right to have it rectified.
3. Compliance with these rules shall be subject to control by an independent authority.
Elsewhere the enjoyment of privacy might be the privilege of those who can afford it. In repressive regimes around the world it is a rare and precious commodity, whether you live there or need to communicate with people in those circumstances.
This workshop tracks software, discussions, and topics that anyone can use to take your individual steps, on your own privacy journey.
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