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Importance of Privacy
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PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT 2
Importance of Privacy
In his article “Why Privacy Is Important”, James Rachels argues how impactful privacy is
in our everyday lives; thus, maintenance of confidentiality is of utmost importance. The paper
discusses Rachels’ claims related to the importance of privacy, including its direct impact on
relationships and confidentiality of embarrassing personal matters. His philosophy is reliable, on
the value of privacy and its significance within social relationships, and protection from
embarrassment as a consequence of information leaks.
Rachels states that social relationships may only facilitate when there is privacy. The
level of intimacy within a particular relationship coincides with the amount of personal
information that is disclosed; people tend to be less private with someone they are more intimate
or closer with (Rachels, 1975). The amount of information revealed to a specific person indicates
the level of intimacy they have with that person. Rachels further argues that these relationships
can maintain intimacy, whether personal or functional, due to the assurance of privacy. When
members of a particular relationship are aware of the presence of a third party, normal intimate
behavior between the links is altered to ensure that private matters remain private from another
party (Rachels, 1975). However, people also disclose more intimate and private details about
themselves to people whose business is to know about specific personal facts like doctors, banks,
among others.
Privacy is necessary if we are to maintain the variety of social relationships with other
people that we want to have and that is why it is important” (Rachels, 1975). Rachels explains
this phenomenon by describing the functional purpose of doing so regarding doctors, employers,
banks, and more. The release of that information is required due to the matter of those specific
functional social relationships, and without it, we would be unable to maintain our livelihoods.

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Running head: IMPORTANCE OF PRIVACY Importance of Privacy Name Institution 1 PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT 2 Importance of Privacy In his article “Why Privacy Is Important”, James Rachels argues how impactful privacy is in our everyday lives; thus, maintenance of confidentiality is of utmost importance. The paper discusses Rachels’ claims related to the importance of privacy, including its direct impact on relationships and confidentiality of embarrassing personal matters. His philosophy is reliable, on the value of privacy and its significance within social relationships, and protection from embarrassment as a consequence of information leaks. Rachels states that social relationships may only facilitate when there is privacy. The level of intimacy within a particular relationship coincides with the amount of personal information that is disclosed; people tend to be less private with someone they are more intimate or closer with (Rachels, 1975). The amount of information revealed to a specific person indicates the level of intimacy they have with that person. Rachels further argues that these relationships can maintain intimacy, whether personal or functional, due to the assuran ...
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