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Collage by Namita AavritiCollage by Namita Aavriti The ever-growing advancement of information technology is not without perils. Online privacy has been at stake for a while now and the protection of personal information is under attack. We no longer have control over our private data. It is now a commodity up for sale to the highest bidders. And a repository for the state actors who are suspiciously going through it to determine if we can be trusted! Is your privacy more important or national security? This has become one of the most crucial questions since 9/11. Subsequently, private life has become even more vulnerable. In this article, I would like to categorically point out that when it comes to online privacy, women are especially vulnerable.

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Privacy is considered a fundamental right worldwide (well, except in some countries and you know their names!). Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, or to attacks upon his honor and reputation.”

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