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Chapter 1. PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY IN TH... > Why Do Other People Care About Your ...

Why Do Other People Care About Your Privacy?

Privacy advocates, and their organizations, care about your privacy for many of the same reasons you do. Some of their concern is fear—for themselves and for others. If one individual's privacy can be compromised by shady or damaging information practices, chances are that other people's information is at risk as well. These advocates are also motivated by a strong sense of responsibility toward others. They understand that many people won't even know that damage is being done to them before it's too late.

One could argue (and many will) that concerns for others can be intrusive, arrogant, and just plain meddling. Others point out that, as individuals, we can't effectively monitor everything that can happen in our world. Just as we need newsgathering and reporting organizations to keep us up to date about the events in our world, we need organizations whose staffs analyze those events and say how those events might affect each of us. We understand, for example, how a sports analyst tries to assess the skills and abilities of a basketball team's members individually and collectively and compares them to those of an opposing team to help estimate which team might win a game.


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