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Privacy: are exhibitionists screwing everyone over?
People who post intimate details about their lives on the internet undermine everybody else's right to privacy, claims an academic.
Dr Kieron O'Hara has called for people to be more aware of the impact on society of what they publish online.
"If you look at privacy in law, one important concept is a reasonable expectation of privacy," he said.
"As more private lives are exported online, reasonable expectations are diminishing."
Basically, people who have no qualms about privacy are lowering expectations for what privacy should constitute. Do you agree with this, is it true? What are the implications, is this spelling the end of civilization as we know it?
I'm a reasonably private individual, and a sort of multifaceted, different-person-to-different-people personality is kind of what I do, and I think privacy (of a sort) is kind of integral to my lifestyle. Nevertheless, in principle, I have almost no qualms about a massive lack of privacy, I'm pretty sure I could adapt and I think it might actually be good for society. I have kind of a thing for the idea of a manner of panopticon imposed on society in general, after all.
So I don't think it's that bad, in the long run. I can see this causing disruption in the short run, however, as peoples' lifestyles are forced to conform to the new expectations of privacy, as peoples' private lives are outed and as comfortable or dangerous personal secrets become easier and easier to practically be stumbled into by coworkers and loved ones who might not be in the know.