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Chapter 2. WHAT IS PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL WORLD? > The Right Not to Be Surprised

The Right Not to Be Surprised

“The right to privacy is the right not to be surprised.”

Seth Goldin, The Executive Forum, Washington, DC, January 2001

Goldin takes the tack that we don't have a problem with privacy, but that we have a problem with information overload. He says people should use market forces and their power as consumers to correct the problem of losing control of one's data. That power will help consumers avoid unexpected results from information you didn't even know was coming. For example, if a gay person was not “out” in his or her public life, but began receiving information from manufacturers of HIV-preventing medicines, it could be a very unpleasant surprise. Goldin suggests that we give our brand loyalty to companies that don't assault your sense of confidentiality, and let that lesson be visible to their competitors.


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