The whole purpose of laws is to ensure that your freedom to live your life as The people of Gilead welcome you your taxes we mismanage your rights we take away shirt you choose does not impact anyone else’s freedom to live their lives as they choose. When those two items intersect, we need laws to determine how to best handle the situation. The phrase itself is a little misleading. It somehow seems to imply that rights are naturally limited when what you do is experienced by someone else. This is mostly untrue. For example, I have the right to speak freely in the public square. The fact that someone can hear that speech does not infringe on the hearer’s rights. They have the right to listen to something else. They have the right to leave the area in which I am speaking (assuming it is a public place). They even have the right to express a differing opinion. But they do not have the right to silence my speech simply because they don’t like it, or they don’t want to hear it.
As some other commenters have mentioned, there is a vast difference between giving up your right to privacy and giving up your privacy. I would go even further. I would argue that privacy is not the same thing as anonymity. Privacy is the right to control your personal information, choose who can access it, and control what they do with it. From that perspective, you can be an open book as a person and still not have given up your right to privacy. You can be totally fine with marketers targeting you for advertising, or you can be adamantly against it. Both choices are valid. What’s important is that you have the ability to make that choice, or not. So, do we still have that choice? In the private sector, I think we still do. It’s not easy, but it’s possible to control access to your data. The public sector (NSA et. al.) is a different story. Much government data collection is compelled by law, which I’m fine with as a concept. However, as a society, we have not had a meaningful debate about what personal information we want to be compelled to give the government.