Privacy vs. Secrecy: What's the Difference?

When we rethink what we "know" we learn at a deeper level. This is the way of a philosopher.

A student and friend recently asked, "what's the difference between privacy and a secrecy?" As with anything there are variables and context. Each unique to the individual(s). Here is the general premise.

Privacy is the state of being unobserved; changing clothes for example - that which we keep private and merely withholding from public view. Private matters are those traits, truths, mindsets, opinions we have about the world and ourselves. Our spirituality, our opinion on social norms. If they are revealed they provide insight to the revealer.


Privacy is the act of keeping the things that are sacred out of public view.