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Old February 7th, 2013 (1:32 PM). Edited February 21st, 2013 by FreakyLocz14.
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Originally Posted by Scarf View Post
Okay, so if privacy is a right, how far does it extend? Should I be allowed to keep my name private or what kind of job I have?
That depends on who you are, and who is infringing on your privacy. You have the utmost right to privacy against government intrusion, such as surveillance by government entities, or laws that limit your rights to make your own decisions in life. Private parties also cannot trespass on your property, tap your phone calls or emails, etc. Your name isn't private information, since your name is what you want to be referred to by by others. It's also kind of hard to keep the nature of your employment private, since most jobs will require you to interact with the public. Generally, the courts have ruled that you don't have an expectation of privacy when you don't try to keep the information in question hidden from the public.

Public figures (politicians, celebrities, etc.) have a diminished expectation of privacy. While we all can agree that politicians are public servants, so the public deserves to know about them, celebrities are not political representatives, so should they have a diminished expectation of privacy just because the nature or their work has them in the media often? It is even more controversial when people become public figures through no fault of their own. For example, people who are charged with a serious crime and garner a lot of media attention are considered to be public figures, even if they are later acquitted for the charges against them.
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