The concept of individual privacy does not scale well to a networked, digital world. Today, our activities are monitored by an unimaginable amount of devices, apps, and sensors, many of which communicate with one another. We probably can't fully imagine the extent to which the data exhaust we create circulates behind our backs. But, this isn't simply an individual matter, where we should have the right to say who collects and uses data about us. Our actions affect others: the data that we produce—or more aptly, that is extracted from us—is data about others, too. Therefore, it's insufficient to conceive of private only in terms of a right possessed by an individual; it is a collective matter.


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Zhang, Jenny. “Left Alone, Together.” The Roof Is on Phire (blog), May 3, 2021. https://phirephoenix.com/blog/2021-05-03/privacy.