privacy[prī′və sē; Brit priv′ə-]
- Privacy is the state of being free from public scrutiny or from having your secrets or personal information shared.
When you have your own room that no one enters and you can keep all of your things there away from the eyes of others, this is an example of a situation where you have privacy.
- the quality or condition of being private; withdrawal from company or public view; seclusion
- secrecy: told in strict privacy
- one's private life or personal affairs: an invasion of one's privacy
Origin of privacyMiddle English privace: see private and amp; -cy
- The quality or condition of being secluded from the presence or view of others: I need some privacy to change into my bathing suit.
- The state of being free from public attention or unsanctioned intrusion: a person's right to privacy.
(countable and uncountable, plural privacies)
- The state of being private; the state of not being seen by others.
- I need my privacy, so please mind your own frigging business!
privacy - Computer Definition
- A feature of a key telephone system (KTS) or PBX that prevents a station user from accessing an outside line if another user has already engaged that line, unless the primary user chooses to override the restriction and to allow a conference call. See also conference call.
- A feature of a voice mail system that allows a sender to mark a message as private or confidential, thereby denying the recipient the ability to forward it to another user.
Freedom from unauthorized access. Privacy issues in the security sense include digital rights management, spam deterrence, anonymity maintenance, and cracker disclosure rule adequacy. Privacy also means being able to maintain a balance between individuals’ privacy rights and those of the government in providing national security.
In April 2005, the U.S. government added Canada to its “piracy watch list” and ordered a review of Canadian Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement measures. The review was apparently fueled by a number of industry complaints alleging that Canada has become a haven for pirated and counterfeit goods, primarily because it and six other countries—the Ukraine, Belize, Latvia, Lithuania, Taiwan, and Thailand—act as channels for pirated goods moving from countries such as China to the U.S.
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