Privacy or Secrecy – Week 5 task 2


Without blame, fault or negative insinuation, each person has the right to privacy. Paulo, Wetzel, Sternglanz, Walker-Wilson (2003) argue that ‘Privacy is a dynamic, changing process of regulating access to ourselves’ (p. 392). Paulo et al. define both internal and external perspectives of privacy; Internal perspective is  ‘those trying to maintain and protect’ the physical, emotional and personal aspects of their life from within. The external perspective is viewed as those outsiders trying to penetrate our privacy (2003, p 392-393).

Is there a difference between privacy and secrecy? Bok, uses “intentional concealment” (1984, p.5) as her definition of secrecy. There is a tendency to attach secrecy with wrongful behaviour. Paulo et al. (2003) argue secrecy can be a component of deceit”(p. 393).

Public interest, fuelled with words like “criminal”, “drug” and “terrorism” seek to erode the interest of the individual right to privacy. Davis (2000) argues ‘how much of and…

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