Privacy is the state of being free from unwanted intrusion or investigation into one's doings. Historically, privacy issues concerned the right to have "private space" (for those who could afford it). More recently, issues of privacy have involved the right to "private knowledge" of personal information, whereabouts and activities. The right to privacy is often thought to be among the basic freedoms of a free society.

The main question is whether someone is actually entitled to own or control any information about themselves as one of the legally recognized and defined monopolies on information. For instance to offer a sort of copyright on this information to a person as their own life's details represent a sort of creative work or at least a form of expression of their individual capital.

Some related issues: privacy legislation, video surveillance, data mining, spyware, malware, mooks, identity theft, credit reporting, consumer privacy, medical privacy, political privacy, government surveillance and workplace surveillance and the surveillance state and carceral state, Steve Mann, drug testing, National Security Agency, Homeland Securitypolice state, identity cards, spam, RFID chips.

Position:Privacy is an absolute right

Position:Privacy is a need, which has to be balanced against the need for public safety.

Position:Privacy is only necessary for people who have something to hide.