Privacy used to be about locking bathroom or bedroom doors or about promising and managing to keep each other’s secrets. It was about papers and photographs disappearing forever after they had been destroyed and it was about keeping sacred information hidden if we chose to do so – and that applies to business and personal life. That was then. Now it's a completely different story!
Thanks to the Internet, social media and technology, lack of privacy has reached staggering proportions. Personal and financial data breaches are in the news daily. Online predators are taking a toll in multiple ways and harming people of all ages and identity and income tax fraud is at an all time high. The threat of terrorism is giving Government carte blanche to ramp up surveillance and curtail civil liberties.
Whenever you open a bank account, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number. What happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? What rights do you have regarding your personal information?
However, the most unfortunate part seems to be that many people have come to expect and accept a lack of privacy, but I don’t think that’s a good idea. Also many people confuse privacy with secrecy or confidentiality, but privacy is much broader.
Privacy can mean many things from the right to be left alone to the right to have some control over how your personal or health information is properly collected, stored, used or released. In specific, privacy may be divided into four categories
(1) Physical: restriction on others to experience a person or situation through one or more of the human senses;
(2) Informational: restriction on searching for or revealing facts that are unknown or unknowable to others;
(3) Decisional: restriction on interfering in decisions that are exclusive to an entity;
(4) Dispositional: restriction on attempts to know an individual's state of mind.
Privacy is the right to control who knows what about you, and under what conditions. The right to share different things with your family, your friends and your colleagues. The right to know that your personal emails, medical records and bank details are safe and secure. We at RTP INDIA promote privacy best practices & standards and encourage the Individuals to learn from our community experience and implement the same. We also strive to make the cyber world a safer and more understood place for you and we love doing it! Participate in our community by visiting here!