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Although the word privacy might be most difficult to define, in any meaningful discussion of privacy it is essential to clarify what the term privacy means, and to distinguish between the concept of privacy and right to privacy. The concept of privacy involves definition of what it involves as well as how is it valued, while the right to privacy refers to recognition that privacy should be legally protected. However, the concept of privacy and the right to privacy are intertwined because without a definition of privacy, or at a minimum, a concrete way to conceptualize privacy, it is impossible to delineate a legal protection for the right to privacy. Some scholars have argued that the right to privacy is a necessary requirement for life in modern democratic society. It is important to note that not all experts agree that privacy is a concept that deserves special recognition.

Keywords:concept of privacy; right to privacy



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