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Blindfold Big Brother: We Need a Global Right to Privacy in Public Spaces

Does privacy depend on secrecy?

The question seems obvious until you think about it.

  • Kenneth Roth
  • Published in Newsweek
  • HRW

Yes, much of the privacy we value takes place away from prying eyes, but not all of it. We also depend on a degree of privacy even in public.

But increasingly invasive digital surveillance combined with artificial intelligence has put that “public” privacy in jeopardy.

I live in New York City.

When I walk the streets of Manhattan, anyone could follow me and watch what I am doing.

But in-person surveillance is time-consuming and expensive.

As a former…

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