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Welcome to our collection of quotes (and free quote pictures) about privacy. It is a difficult subject - we all want privacy, and security too. Right to privacy critically matters - but right to transparency and security is important too - how to balance such often conflicting needs? In an internet age, with drones and cameras everywhere and everything digital proliferating, do we have any hope at all of maintaining any semblance of privacy? Or is that ok, and we simply need to hide in plain sight, or not worry about it - perhaps in the name of security? We hope you find these quotes fun to mull on. Please share widely.

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Our values are that we do think that people have a right to privacy. And that our customers are not our products.

--Tim Cook
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When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.

--David Brin
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Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.

--Marlon Brando
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We demand privacy, yet we glorify those that break into computers.

--Bill McCollum
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I cherish my privacy, and woe betide anyone who tries to interfere with that.

--Jeff Beck
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I've learned the hard way how valuable privacy is. And I've learned that there are a lot of things in your life that really benefit from being private. And relationships are one of them.

--Ashton Kutcher
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For it began to occur to him that one way to become private was to respect another's privacy.

--Jane Yolen
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It's important to distinguish between worry versus harm when it came to privacy online.

--Larry Page
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There's always a sense that people will do things quite differently if they think they have privacy.

--Peter Thiel
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I'm not reclusive at all. Just private.

--Don DeLillo
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Facebook says, 'Privacy is theft,' because they're selling your lack of privacy to the advertisers who might show up one day.

--Jaron Lanier

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The spying upon others' privacy, exemplifies and defines itself, the untrustworthy, and unethical way and action.

--Ehsan Sehgal
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It's not that I have something to hide, I have nothing I want you to see.

--Amanda Seyfried

Longer Version:

Ok, fair enough, people have the right to know! But is their right to know more important than my right to safety? Why should I reveal something about myself that will put me in danger? Why do you keep quiet about being a vampire?

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Privacy is a thing of the past.

--Martin Cooper
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It sucks to not have any privacy.

--Zoe Quinn
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I think everybody should have a certain amount of privacy, even though they are in the public eye, no matter who they are.

--Terrell Suggs
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I just love my privacy.

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Privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.

--Edward Snowden
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Privacy is like sleep -- something you don't appreciate until you have to go without it.

--Helen McCloy
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For me the core principles of privacy online are transparency, choice and control.

--Marissa Mayer
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Nothing is quite as bad as being without privacy and lonely at the same time.

--Alexander Theroux
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We live in a moment in history in which our privacy may not be important.

--Jonathan Nolan
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Privacy I think gets invaded when you start being honest.

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Privacy is implied. Privacy is not up for discussion.

--Mikko Hypponen
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Like all security, privacy is hard.

--Cory Doctorow

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The saint and poet seek privacy to ends the most public and universal: and it is the secret of culture, to interest the man more in his public, than in his private quality.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.

--Scott Mcnealy

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Privacy is only really dead if we stop getting angry about the endless attacks on it.

--Oliver Smith
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Who are you? Why do you hide in the darkness and listen to my private thoughts?

--William Shakespeare
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The privacy that older generations once enjoyed is now the stuff of nostalgia.

--Unknown Author

Longer Version:

The privacy that older generations once enjoyed is now the stuff of nostalgia. Younger people have a different understanding of what it entails. Those who grew up being able to stay in constant touch with their friends have come of age and are reshaping the world accordingly. We live in times when a personal relationship can be jettisoned because a digital message goes unanswered for a few minutes too long, where couples announce their decisions to divorce on Instagram.

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Private life favoreth happiness.

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He has not spent his life badly who has passed it from his birth to his burial in privacy.


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Intimacy is an important part of a happy relationship, but so is a healthy respect for each other's privacy.

--Leslie Becker-Phelps
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Privacy is no longer a condition of American life, and is likely in the future to be something that only the rich will be able to purchase.

--Lee Rainie
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Privacy is the space bad people need to do bad things in.

--Paul Mcmullan
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A private life is not only more pleasant, but more happy than any princely state.

--Rev. Robert Baird

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Maybe all of us ... had little secrets like that -- little private nooks created out of thin air where we could go off alone without fears and longing.

--Kazuo Ishiguro
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Private interests must yield to public good.

--Edmund Getty

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There is a privacy in every man's conduct that policy should teach him to retain.

--Norman Macdonald
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Friends don't spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.

--Stephen King
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I give the fight up: let there be an end,
A privacy, an obscure nook for me.
I want to be forgotten even by God.

--Robert Browning
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Privacy is a bourgeois fantasy.

--Johannes Grenzfurthner
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You never understand how dear your privacy is until you lose it.

--Rosie Perez
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If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.

--Phil Zimmermann
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Yet what best protected privacy wasn't concealment but apathy -- the fact that other people simply weren't interested.

--Lionel Shriver

If integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching, and there is never a private moment, integrity becomes impossible. What are we left with?

--Jason Dias
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Mama don't let your babies grow up to be selfies.

--Jennifer Ritchie Payette
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Nobody cares about you as a person, but they care about you as a customer. That's how business works.

--Abdallah Shawaf
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Privacy, precisely because it ensures that we are never fully known to others, provides a shelter for imaginative freedom, curiosity and self-reflection.

--Josh Cohen
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Butt out before you butt in.

--Douw Prinsloo
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Recommended addition to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights: A right to not have your data rise up and attack you.

--Benjamin Wittes
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Privacy -- like eating and breathing -- is one of life's basic requirements.

--Katherine Neville

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It's a basic, intuitive right, worthy of enshrinement: Citizens, not the corporations that stealthily track them, should own their own data.

--Franklin Foer

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The so-called right to privacy, as it were, is no longer a right inasmuch as it is now a privilege, to be enjoyed until it is torn away at a moment's notice.

--Marshawn Lynch
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The question of the right to privacy must be one of the defining issues of our time.

--Salil Shetty
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Transparency is for those who carry out public duties and exercise public power. Privacy is for everyone else.

--Glenn Greenwald
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Arguing that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

--Edward Snowden
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If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion.

--William Joseph Brennan Jr.
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You lose your privacy, and sometimes, people don't see you as human.

--Shawn Wayans
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At the bottom, the elimination of spyware and the preservation of privacy for the consumer are critical goals if the Internet is to remain safe and reliable and credible.

--Cliff Stearns
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There is something fundamental in the desire to have a door to close, sealing out the rest of the world.

--Abby Geni

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Destroy your money, you can earn more. Destroy your data, your existence is erased.

--Kurt Seapoint

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In a Social Media-driven this era, the lines of privacy have almost been blurred out.

--Bernard Kelvin Clive
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The government, in effect, declared privacy privatized.

--Ken Auletta
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Cookies used to cause cavities only in our teeth.
Now they also cause cavities in our privacy.

--Khang Kijarro Nguyen
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The World don't need to know it all.

--Maria Boria

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What's worse than being ignored: not being ignored.

--Marty Rubin

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Anything solid, simple, totally secure and private would be outdated!

--A.D. Aliwat
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No prayer prevails without privacy.

--Lailah Gifty Akita
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There is something worse than always being alone -- never being alone.

--Marty Rubin

Our privacy can serve as a form of protection during times of crisis and can offer a polite boundary of respect and good manners during times of tranquility.

--Christopher Manske
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Why should everything that happens be the entire world's business?

--Philip Wyeth

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All truly famous people wish fame had a switch.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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We cannot have a society, in which, if two people wish to communicate the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.

--Jaron Lanier
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Focus on your character and you won't need to worry about privacy.

--Abhijit Naskar
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Internet and privacy are antithesis of each other.

--Abhijit Naskar
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