Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively.

The boundaries and content of what is considered private differs between cultures and individuals, but shares basic common themes.

Privacy is sometimes related to anonymity, the wish to remain unnoticed in the public realm.

When something is private to a person, it usually means there is something within them that is considered inherently special or personally sensitive.

The degree to which private information is exposed therefore depends on how the public will receive this information, which differs between places and over time.

Privacy can be seen as an aspect of security — one in which trade-offs between the interests of one group and another can become particularly clear.

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