notes on privacy
... Scott McNealy, the chief executive officer of Sun
Microsystems, was asked whether privacy safeguards had
been built into a new computer-networking system that Sun
had just released. McNealy responded that consumer-privacy
issues were nothing but a 'red herring,' and went on to
make a remark that still resonates. 'You have zero privacy
anyway,' he snapped. 'Get over it.'
— Toby Lester, "The Reinvention of Privacy",
The Atlantic Monthly, March 2001.
The problems with this word 'privacy' is that it falls short
of conveying the really big picture. Privacy isn't just about
hiding things. It's about self-possession, autonomy, and integrity.
— Simson Garfinkel, Database Nation, O'Reilly, 2000, p. 4.