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Privacy and Outrage


It is not an understatement that technology has dramatically altered virtually every aspect of our life in recent years. While technology has always driven change, these changes are occurring more rapidly and more extensively than ever before. We are fully entrenched in the world of Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Smart Cities – and we are never going back. As always, society and its laws must evolve, but it is not always an easy process.

The notion of privacy has certainly changed in our data-driven world and continues to change daily. While it has always been difficult to define exactly what privacy is, it is even more difficult to propose what privacy should become. Technology and its uses – or abuses – are altering the notion of privacy into something that may be unrecognizable in the near future.

Studies show that people say they are still concerned about privacy, but their behavior does not reflect that.1 Like any value, the importance of privacy varies from person to person. This makes it even more difficult to establish a one-sizefits-all concept of privacy. This paper explores some of the historical, legal, and ethical development of privacy; discusses how some of the normative values of privacy may survive or change; and examines how outrage has been – and will continue to be – a driver of such change.