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Opinion: Privacy Is Not Dead, It’s About Choice

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

January 13, 2012

In a column for WAtoday, Kathryn Koromilas asserts that what may surprise individuals "arguing that privacy is in a terminal decline is the fact that many of us already guard our privacy online." Koromilas cites an Asia Pacific Privacy Authority survey on social media, which found that a majority of respondents already know how to control a site's privacy settings. "We would no more retreat from Facebook" she writes, "than we would from family and friends on the basis that we might be subject to gossip." Emerging technologies not only improve our ability to share information, but, she adds, "consider what levels of control this technology offers...What is evident here is that we are exercising a choice." Meanwhile, in a separate article, Stephanie Dowrick opines, "An indifference to what privacy means and allows demeans our public culture."
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