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English definition of “privacy”

privacy

noun [U]     /ˈprɪvəsi/ US   /ˈpraɪvəsi/
the right that someone has to keep their personal life or personal information secret or known only to a small group of people : Among the three industries studied , concerns about privacy and security of data were highest in the financial sector . Security and privacy issues relating to online trading still represent the most significant barrier to e-commerce . Despite recent lawsuits upholding rights to privacy, the media show little willingness to keep their distance . consumer / customer / patient privacy data / online / internet privacy privacy laws / policies / rights privacy concerns / issues /protectionsan invasion/violation of privacy Campaigners have protested that the release of sensitive medical information is an invasion of privacy.invade/breach/violate sb's privacy According to customers , the company was using underhand tactics in order to invade their privacy.protect/safeguard/respect sb's privacy She donated $650,000 to the party through intermediaries in order to protect her privacy.
(Definition of privacy noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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