"Privacy Is Sometimes the Wrong Word" by Dave Winer.
I think the use of word "privacy" confuses conversations about our civil right to be left alone. When people talk about privacy, they often think about keeping secret things that would embarrass them. (Mostly, sex or drugs stuff.) Because no one wants to be embarrassed by suspicions that they've some kink, or had an affair, or can't give up coke, or did smack in their youth, no one defends privacy with sufficient warmth. We trivialize the subject.
But, really, as Dave points out, the thing we are protecting when we defend privacy is deeper and more profound. Privacy may be a movable feast, and what we mean by "private" differs from culture to culture and time to time. But at its core is a simple and important idea: that there should be behavior that we choose whether or not to disclose.
And without that sphere of privacy nothing that we care about can thrive: neither art, nor science, nor technology, nor contracts of any sort, nor marriages, nor democracy - nor anything much at all. http://scripting.com/2013/08/12/privacyIsTheWrongWord