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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.

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

--Jeff Beck

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I am a private person; I think that's important if you're an actor. But there's a difference between privacy and secrecy, and I'm not a secretive person.

--Andrew Scott

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Personal privacy is a closely held American value.

--Anna Eshoo

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Privacy and encryption work, but it's too easy to make a mistake that exposes you.

--Barton Gellman

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Any privacy in public is a hard thing to negotiate.

--Benedict Cumberbatch

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Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate, but you wouldn't really call that privacy. That's ignorance.

--Bruce Sterling

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If we don't act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft.

--Bill Nelson

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It's important to be informed about issues like usability, reliability, security, privacy, and some of the inherent limitations of computers.

--Brian Kernighan

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I hate that tabloid idea of anybody who is famous having to forfeit their privacy.

--Caitlin Moran

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I don't always want my opinion known. What little privacy I have left I'd like to maintain.

--Calvin Klein

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If you are everywhere, then you've sacrificed the very thing that you are complaining about, which is your own privacy.

--Cote de Pablo

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The right to privacy has both positive and negative connotations for those who consider themselves part of the natural law tradition.

--David Novak

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Privacy is a right, but as in any democratic society, it is not an absolute right.

--David Blunkett

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The bigger the network, the harder it is to leave. Many users find it too daunting to start afresh on a new site, so they quietly consent to Facebook's privacy bullying.

--Evgeny Morozov

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You have to fight for your privacy or you lose it.

--Eric Schmidt

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If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

--Eric Schmidt

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I want my government to do something about my privacy -- I don't want to just do it on my own.

--Evgeny Morozov

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Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.

--Edmund Leach

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I really think we need to see how we can expand our privacy laws.

--Gene Green

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I don't actually believe there's any such thing as privacy.

--George M. Church

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I suspect privacy is a very new concept to humanity.

--Helen Fisher

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The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution's protection of privacy.

--Harry A. Blackmun

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There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.

--James Comey

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The most promising privacy thing is stupid phones. I'm dumping all my smart phones.

--John McAfee

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We are losing privacy at an alarming rate -- we have none left.

--John McAfee

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The worst thing about being famous is the invasion of your privacy.

--Justin Timberlake

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Secrecy is what is known, but not to everyone. Privacy is what allows us to keep what we know to ourselves.

--Jill Lepore

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Privacy isn't negotiable. It's the right of every American.

--Jackie Speier

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I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both.

--John Poindexter

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Anyone who steps back for a minute and observes our modern digital world might conclude that we have destroyed our privacy in exchange for convenience and false security.

--John Twelve Hawks

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People aren't interested in others controlling what they can do or read or see in the privacy of their own homes.

--Larry Flynt

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For me, privacy and security are really important. We think about it in terms of both: You can't have privacy without security.

--Larry Page

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I believe that any violation of privacy is nothing good.

--Lech Walesa

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The right to personal privacy is precious. Without it, we are all potential victims for a prying secret police.

--Lewis B. Smedes

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Let those who know know, and let me keep what little privacy I can.

--Lisa Bonet

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According to the Privacy Rights Center, up to 10 million Americans are victims of ID theft each year. They have a right to be notified when their most sensitive health data is stolen.

--Luis Gutierrez

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I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad.

--Larry Niven

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Where is the expectation of privacy in the commission of a crime?

--Linda Tripp

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The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.

--Louis Freeh

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Privacy was in sufficient danger before TV appeared, and TV has given it its death blow.

--Louis Kronenberger

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Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place?

--Kate Millett

Longer Version:

Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place.

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I am not a fan of Facebook or Twitter. They both allow too much information to be available and they make privacy a thing of the past.

--Kirsty Gallacher

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All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.

--Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould


A career is born in public -- talent in privacy.

--Marilyn Monroe

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People have a right to privacy, but they also have a right to live. Fundamentally, we need cybersecurity and need to secure communications as well.

--Michael Hayden

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Privacy and security are those things you give up when you show the world what makes you extraordinary.

--Margaret Cho

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Control is what gives you privacy.

--Michael Douglas

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We should be careful not to vilify encryption itself, which is essential for privacy, data security, and global commerce.

--Mike McCaul

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Taxpayers should not be coerced into giving up their privacy rights just to file their taxes.

--Melissa Bean

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It's just as difficult to live in a self-made hell of privacy as it is to live in a self-made hell of publicity.

--Michael Hutchence

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It's dangerous when people are willing to give up their privacy.

--Noam Chomsky

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You want your privacy as a human being.

--Peter Dinklage

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Law-abiding citizens value privacy. Terrorists require invisibility. The two are not the same, and they should not be confused.

--Richard Perle

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People have less privacy and are crammed together in cities, but in the wide open spaces they secretly keep tabs on each other a lot more.

--Sara Paretsky

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The U.S. Constitution protects our privacy from the prying eyes of government. It does not, however, protect us from the prying eyes of companies and corporations.

--Simon Sinek

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Human beings are not meant to lose their anonymity and privacy.

--Sarah Chalke

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You already have zero privacy -- get over it!

--Scott McNealy

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The virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family.

--Tiger Woods

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

--Shawn Wayans


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

--Glenn Greenwald

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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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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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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.

--Dan Piraro

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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.

--Alma Adams

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

--Katherine Neville

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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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Butt out before you butt in.

--Douw Prinsloo

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

--Jennifer Ritchie Payette


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

--Lionel Shriver

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If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.

--Phil Zimmermann

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

--Rosie Perez

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Privacy is a bourgeois fantasy.

--Johannes Grenzfurthner

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

--Stephen King

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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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Private interests must yield to public good.

--Edmund Getty

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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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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.

--Geoffrey Fisher

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

--Paul Mcmullan

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

--Leslie Becker-Phelps


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.

--Lee Rainie

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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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Private life favoreth happiness.


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

--William Shakespeare

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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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You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.

--Scott Mcnealy

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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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Like all security, privacy is hard.

--Cory Doctorow

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Privacy is implied. Privacy is not up for discussion.

--Mikko Hypponen

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Privacy I think gets invaded when you start being honest.


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

--Alexander Theroux

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

--Marissa Mayer

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

--Edward Snowden

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I just love my privacy.


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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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It sucks to not have any privacy.

--Zoe Quinn

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Privacy is a thing of the past.

--Martin Cooper

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Being famous is a sweet poison, you will lose your privacy of personal life and being familiar is a slow poison, you will lose your privacy of personal living.

--P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

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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?

--Sheila Matharu

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

--Amanda Seyfried

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

--Ehsan Sehgal


Privacy is not negotiable.

--Paul Scofield

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Privacy is a function of liberty.

--Edward Snowden

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Privacy is freedom. Leave us alone!

--Ron Paul

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No prayer prevails without privacy.

--Lailah Gifty Akita

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Privacy may actually be an anomaly.

--Vinton Cerf

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The World don't need to know it all.

--Maria Boria

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There are no secrets on the Internet

--Paul Babicki

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Privacy is dead. Reputations are dying.

--Erik Qualman

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Even rock stars are entitled to privacy.

--Michael Novak

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Privacy is precious. Respect it. Own it.

--Abhi Raynott

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Publication is a self-invasion of privacy.

--Marshall McLuhan

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All truly famous people wish fame had a switch.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

--Gore Vidal

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Internet and privacy are antithesis of each other.

--Abhijit Naskar

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

--Marty Rubin

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The government, in effect, declared privacy privatized.

--Ken Auletta

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Privacy is dead, and social media holds the smoking gun.

--Pete Cashmore

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A memoir is an invitation into another person's privacy.

--Isabel Allende

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Without privacy there was no point in being an individual.

--Jonathan Franzen

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If you read someone else's diary, you get what you deserve.

--David Sedaris

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No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.

--Stephen King

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Privacy is something you can sell, but you can't buy it back.

--Bob Dylan

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

--Amit Kalantri

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

--Amit Kalantri


All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.

--Gabriel García Márquez

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When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy.

--Malcolm X

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

--William O. Douglas

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

--Abhijit Naskar

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

--Philip Wyeth

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The only thing privacy laws accomplish is making the bugs smaller.

--Robert A. Heinlein

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

--Marty Rubin

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

--A.D. Aliwat

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Privacy isn't dead, although it is fashionable for digerati to say so.

--Andrew Curry

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We're all torn between the desire for privacy and the fear of loneliness.

--Andy Rooney

Longer Version:

We're all torn between the desire for privacy and the fear of lonliness. We need each other and we need to get away from each other. We need proximity and distance, conversation and silence. We almost always get more of each than we want at any one time.

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

--Katherine Neville

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

--Marty Rubin

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To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.

--Anthony Burgess

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You don't know how much you appreciate your privacy until you don't have it.

--Morgan Freeman

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

--Michael Bassey Johnson

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I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.

--George Clooney

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

--Kurt Seapoint

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Once you've lost your privacy, you realize you've lost an extremely valuable thing.

--Billy Graham

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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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In the olden times, privacy was good. Today people want to share, people are more open.

--Mark Zuckerberg

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

--Abhijit Naskar

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Political stress is always apt to shrink the private arena and attach it on to the public

--Robert Hughes

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

--Josh Hawley

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I don't want to write an autobiography because I would become public property with no privacy left.

--Stephen Hawking

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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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A man who loses his privacy loses everything. And a man who gives it up of his own free will is a monster.

--Milan Kundera

Longer Version:

For Sabina, living in truth, lying neither to ourselves nor to others, was possible only away from the public: the moment someone keeps an eye on what we do, we involuntarily make allowances for that eye, and nothing we do is truthful. Having a public, keeping a public in mind, means living in lies. Sabina despised literature in which people give away all kinds of intimate secrets about themselves and their friends. A man who loses his privacy loses everything, Sabina thought. And a man who gives it up of his own free will is a monster.

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Right to privacy is really important. You pull that brick out and another and pretty soon the house falls.

--Tim Cook

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Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

--John Perry Barlow

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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

--Benjamin Franklin

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It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.

--Isaac Asimov

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Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.

--Louis D. Brandeis

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I stared up at the sky and raised my middle finger, just in case God was watching. I don't like being spied on.

--Annabel Pitcher

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

--Don DeLillo

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I think that [there is] this fundamental right to privacy and the philosophy that government shouldn't be intrusive.

--Tim Cook

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I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.

--Edward Snowden

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We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights-older than our political parties, older than our school system.

--William O. Douglas

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

--Earl Warren

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Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet.

--Lewis Mumford

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I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.


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

--Sarvesh Jain

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We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.

--William O. Douglas

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Google says young people don't care about privacy, but when asked if they'd let their parents see their phone bills and other stuff they say no.

--Nick Harkaway

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The value of being connected and transparent is so high that the roadbumps of privacy issues are much lower in actual experience than people's fears.

--Reid Hoffman

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I certainly respect privacy and privacy rights. But on the other hand, the first function of government is to guarantee the security of all the people.

--Phil Crane

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I showed that privacy was an implicit right in Jewish law, probably going back to the second or third century, when it was elaborated on in a legal way.

--Norman Lamm

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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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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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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.

--Kevin D. Mitnick

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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.

--Jarett Kobek

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Modern Americans are so exposed, peered at, inquired about, and spied upon as to be increasingly without privacy--members of a ;naked society and denizens of a goldfish bowl.

--Edward V. Long

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Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families - especially their children - should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly.

--Melissa Harris-Perry

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The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected.

--Anton Chekhov

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If after I die, people want to write my biography, there is nothing simpler. They only need two dates: the date of my birth and the date of my death. Between one and another, every day is mine.

--Fernando Pessoa

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I'm very, very worried about the invasion of privacy rights that we're seeing not only from the N.S.A. and the government but from corporate America, as well. We're losing our privacy rights. It's a huge issue.

--Bernie Sanders

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Basically, I still have the privacy that all celebrities crave, except for those celebrities who feel that privacy reflects some kind of failure on their part.

--Albert Brooks

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In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?

--Al Gore

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Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age.

--Andy Grove

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There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.

--Antonin Scalia

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