right to privacy
- right to privacy
The right to privacy is the right to be free from unwanted or unauthorised intrusion, whether physically or through access to records and information. Although guaranteed by international
instruments including the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, it is considered one of the hardest human rights to define, codify and protect legally. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can enhance individual freedom through increased anonymity and privacy.
However, users have also employed ICTs to degrade or control others. Women may be disproportionately or entirely targeted by such behaviour, experiencing intrusions into their privacy from the state, partners, and family. See also the glossary entry on security and privacy.
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