Privacy Policy

privacy (n.):

  • from private (adj.) + abstract noun suffix -cy
  • 1590s, "a private matter, a secret;"
  • Earlier was privatie from Old French privauté.
    • late 14c. as "secret, mystery;"
    • c. 1400 as "a secret, secret deed; solitude, privacy" 
The cyclopædia of fraternities; a compilation of existing authentic information and the results of original investigation as to more than six hundred secret societies in the United States (1899)

The cyclopædia of fraternities; a compilation of existing authentic information and the results of original investigation as to more than six hundred secret societies in the United States (1899)

  • c. 1600 as "seclusion,"
  • beginning 1814, "state of freedom from intrusion"
DETAIL OF SECRET DOOR TO GREAT HALL FROM LIBRARY, NORTH WALL - Stan Hywet Hall, 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Summit County, OH: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

DETAIL OF SECRET DOOR TO GREAT HALL FROM LIBRARY, NORTH WALL - Stan Hywet Hall, 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Summit County, OH: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

private (adj.): 

  • late 14c.
    • "pertaining or belonging to oneself, not shared, individual; not open to the public"
    • of a religious rule, "not shared by Christians generally, distinctive" 
    • from Latin privatus "set apart, belonging to oneself (not to the state), peculiar, personal"
      • used in contrast to publicuscommunis 
      • past participle of privare "to separate, deprive"
      • from privus "one's own, individual,"
    • from Proto-Italic *prei-wo- "separate, individual"
      • from PIE *prai-, *prei- "in front of, before"
      • from root *per- (1) "forward"
      • The semantic shift would be from "being in front" to "being separate."
  • Old English in this sense had syndrig
  • Private grew popular 17c. as an alternative to common (adj.), which had overtones of condescension.
    • Of persons, "not holding public office," recorded from early 15c. 
    • In private "privily" is from 1580s. Related: Privately
    • private school from 1650s
    • private parts "the pudenda" from 1785
    • private enterprise first recorded 1797
    • private property by 1680s
    • private sectoris from 1948
    • private eye "private detective" recorded from 1938, American English.
Centric Model of the Digitally Extended Self: Personal data categorized into digital footsteps, third party digital footsteps, digital mosaic, digital persona, and third party data showing the movement of data between organizations.  by Brian Parkinson   

Centric Model of the Digitally Extended Self: Personal data categorized into digital footsteps, third party digital footsteps, digital mosaic, digital persona, and third party data showing the movement of data between organizations.  by Brian Parkinson  

private (n.): 

  • 1590s, "private citizen"
    • short for private person "individual not involved in government" (early 15c.)
    • from Latin privatus "man in private life," noun use of the adjective

 

  • 1781 in the military sense
    • short for Private soldier "one below the rank of a non-commissioned officer" (1570s) 
    • from private (adj.).

 

-- adapted from: Online Etymology Dictionary