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The right to privacy gives us the power to choose our thoughts and feelings and with whom we share them. It is the right to personal autonomy, to live our lives without undue government intrusion into fundamental personal issues and decisions. It is central to the realization of sexual freedom. Without the right to privacy the government would have a right to monitor and control our sex lives, our relationships, what we say (or do!) online, whether we use birth control or take Viagra, even what we read.

Privacy is the right to be let alone; to be free from being observed or disturbed by other people. The right to privacy also intersects with many other human rights such as freedom of expression, the right to seek, receive and impart information, and freedom of association and assembly.

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