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Part I: Life in the Digital Age: Why We ... > Defining Privacy: Social and Legal A...

Chapter 2. Defining Privacy: Social and Legal Aspects

In the 1890s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis defined the concept of privacy as an individual's “right to be left alone.” Brandeis said that privacy was the most cherished of freedoms of a democracy. If Justice Brandeis could see the state of our personal privacy today, he would have a heart attack.

The two forms of privacy we are concerned with in this book are


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