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Privacy is a Modern Invention

I've heard this quote a few times in the past, but for some reason, it's stuck with me lately: "Privacy is a modern invention."

That's true, and yet it's not at the same time. Anonymity is a modern invention too. If someone stole chickens from you in 1200, odds are you could figure out who it was. If someone steals your identity in 2010, good luck…

Here's another relevant quote: "Necessity is the mother of invention."