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privacy

Philosophy the condition of being necessarily restricted to a single person
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privacy

Where only the intended recipients can read a message.
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privacy

The degree to which an individual can determine which personal information is to be shared with whom and for what purpose. Although always a concern when users pass confidential information to vendors by phone, mail or online, the Internet brought this issue to the forefront. Websites often have privacy policies that stipulate exactly what will be done with the information you enter. For more information, visit www.privacyalliance.org and www.epic.org. Contrast with confidentiality, which deals with unauthorized access to data. See right to be forgotten, vault app, privacy policy, privacy browser, privacy search engine, Crypto War, CPO, EU Directive, GLBA, HIPAA and P3P.
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"You can't just sit down and open the Act and read it from beginning to end." Truth is, she says, when administrators attempt to read the 132-page Act (which contains amendments and provisions to, among other things, The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act [FERPA], the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA], and the Electronic Communications Act [ECA]), they find they can barely make heads or tails of it.