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The Right to Privacy from Brandeis to Flickr

The Right to Privacy from Brandeis to Flickr

Snakes have rudimentary hind limbs, and some flightless birds have wings last used in the distant evolutionary past. For digital-era humans, it seemed the expectation of privacy was likewise vestigial, a remnant of a more innocent time.

The phone-hacking scandal involving The News of the World newspaper is a reminder that privacy is not dead, but it could use an updated definition.

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L Gordon Crovitz is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

—The Wall Street Journal

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