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Cocking a Snook: a love letter to privacy

Dear Privacy,

I'm hoping that you can forgive me and read this letter until the end.

I beg you to try and understand why the distance between us has become so vast.

It's taken me a long time to admit this to myself and today I feel brave enough to share the truth with you - I think I'm addicted to Public. He's so fast and generous. Every single day he gives me likes, check-ins, updates, hashtags, retweets and so many other kind gifts. Yesterday I used the word hashtag in a normal conversation.

I know what you are thinking. And I beg you to believe that I truly do know Public isn't all sweetness, he has a very wicked side that can be manipulative. He often shields me from the most beautiful things in my life like the outdoors and human beings. Some days I can't even visit the bathroom without him demanding attention from me.

I also know he cheats. Of course I do. It makes my heart ache as I know he will never stop - he tells people my secrets and gives away data that only I reveal to him. And yes I've also realised how much you tried to protect me from him. All I can say is thank you from the very bottom of my heart and I can only apologise for ignoring you.

I know there are different ways I could pay to have you in my life more. I understand it is my responsibility to educate myself on the role you play in my life and my country right now but Public just takes over my days and my nights. He keeps me awake at night.

I often think back to our happier times together when I wrote in my diary every night and we created a booby trap on my bedroom door so my private thoughts would stay between you and I forever.

I don't have a diary anymore. I do have a flickr account, an instagram account, a Facebook account, two blogs, four Twitter accounts, five email accounts, a feedly, a Google circle, three websites…but yes as you predicted, Public controls all of them and always finds a way to sabotage good things.

Privacy, your time is now. It is time for you to fight back and show Public what you are made of. I need you and others do too. People and countries will reward you for keeping them safe and secure.

I hope one day you can forgive me and I pray I will find the strength to wean myself off Public and one day return to your open arms.

All my love,


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