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One might think that the issues of privacy are not connected to those of global justice. But in fact, the concepts of privacy and global justice are related to each other in many ways. In what follows, I will introduce three of the connections prevailing between ethical issues of privacy and global justice.

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    Poverty has been one of the main causes why people have not have as much privacy as they would have wanted. In some cases, privacy refers to an actual private space, and the spatial privacy is an expensive good. For instance, people may want to have a room of their own. Societies that suffer from extreme poverty cannot guarantee people spatial privacy. Just as extreme poverty and global injustice are related to each other, so are lack of privacy and global injustice.

It may be objected that, actually, in poor countries people tend to want privacy much less than what people want in affluent countries. In that sense, privacy is relative. Therefore, the objection goes, the...

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Räikkä, J. (2011). Privacy. In: Chatterjee, D.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_154

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