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247 Thought-provoking Quotes About Privacy

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.


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



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



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



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



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



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.



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



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



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



I'm not reclusive at all. Just private.



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





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



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



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?

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?



Privacy is a thing of the past.



It sucks to not have any privacy.



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



I just love my privacy.



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



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



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



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



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



Privacy I think gets invaded when you start being honest.



Privacy is implied. Privacy is not up for discussion.



Like all security, privacy is hard.



A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that's a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.



I want someone to sit beside after the day's pursuit and all its anguish, after its listening, and its waitings, and its suspicions. After quarrelling and reconciliation I need privacy -- to be alone with you, to set this hubbub in order. For I am as neat as a cat in my habits.







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.



You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.





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



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



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

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.



Private life favoreth happiness.



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



There is a palpable sense that the dynamic of privacy has changed from one in which you are private by default, to one in which you are public by default, and private by effort.



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



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.



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



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



Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order ... and the like.



There is a sacred realm of privacy for every man and woman where he makes his choices and decisions -- a realm of his own essential rights and liberties into which the law, generally speaking, must not intrude.



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.



Private interests must yield to public good.



The types of collection in the book -- microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us -- are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.



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



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



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.



Privacy is a bourgeois fantasy.



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



If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.



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



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?



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



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



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



Butt out before you butt in.



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



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





It's time to recognise the internet as a basic human right. That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of web users regardless of where they live.



It is my belief that industry and government around the world should work even more closely to protect the privacy and security of Internet users, and promote the exchange of ideas, while respecting legitimate government considerations.



Perhaps its time to dumb down our smart life. We are being tracked, listened to, data mined, recorded, and so much more without our real knowing or understanding. When are we going to make a stand for our right to privacy? That's Tremendo Bullship!



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



I will always fight for a woman's right to choose and the right to privacy. Reproductive issues are medical related issues and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor.



I'd like to do a song that I wrote today about our government's increasing infringement on our right to privacy, but the lyrics mysteriously disappeared from my guitar case.







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.



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



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



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.



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



You lose your privacy, and sometimes, people don't see you as human.



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.



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



In the midst of this culture of openness and sharing, we need to think carefully about the information we're volunteering to the world. Sometimes the world is listening.



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



The idea of privacy was rooted in the concept of individualism. As such, it was impossible to have privacy when the systems of control refused to see you as an individual.



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



The government, in effect, declared privacy privatized.



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



The World don't need to know it all.



Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen. It is assuming a superiority, and it is particularly wrong to question a man concerning himself. There may be parts of his former life he may not wish to be made known to other persons, or even brought to his own recollection.



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





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



No prayer prevails without privacy.



There is something worse than always being alone -- never being alone.



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.



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





All truly famous people wish fame had a switch.



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.



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



Internet and privacy are antithesis of each other.



If you strictly want something not to get on the internet, do not keep it on your phone.





There is difference between privacy and secrecy, you should privately tell your partner all your secrets.



Learn from history, maintain your mystery, take your victory.



Secrecy is strength, what people don't know they can't spoil.



We must free ordinary Americans from the constant surveillance and manipulation of the tech giants.



It is possible to imagine a world where tech serves us, and not the other way around, where the Big Tech monopolies are monopolies no longer, where our property in our personal data is protected, where our children are safe online, where our speech is free.



There should be enough boundaries to respect each other’s privacy, there is a massive difference between being protective and being possessive.



Plants and flowers taught me how to grow, by growing in secret and in silence.



Privacy is precious. Respect it. Own it.



Why are pricks and cunts considered private parts and not hearts and minds?



There are no secrets on the Internet





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





Eventually all things are known. And few matter.





The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.



The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.

Longer Version:

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.



You need to know things the others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.


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