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A related question: can privacy be quantified? And if so, how? On what bases?

Thoughts I've had:

Total quantity of data available?

Ability to define boundaries?

Ability to enforce those boundaries?

Knowledge of what boundaries to even define?

Who knows what about a person?

How many agents know what?

How aware is the subject of actual knowlesdgee?

How rapidly can that knowledge be further transferred?

Does the surveillor know more of the subject than the subject?

Can the subject access that knowledge?

Can others?

What level of benefit (or harm) can be transacted on the basis of surveillance? Does this accrue to the subject or others?


Anyway, I think you're forgetting one important dimension: whether the person in question would like that particular piece of information to be known.

Sigh. Soft keyboard keeps duping and misregistering ketstrokes.

That dimension is the setting of boundaries. E.g., "I don't wan't you to know, or share, or seek, or ask of some X." Or if it's acquired, not to share it except as specifically specified -- only with notice, on request, within a given grroup, for (or not for) a specific time, etc., etc.

What is the goal in asking these questions?


Or possibly just better questions.

What would you do with those answers?

What suggestions might you have?

Or perhaps, what possiblities occur to you?

Nefarious ones.

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