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How was privacy viewed around 100 B.C.? A passage in the Hebrew law corpus, the Mishna, discusses the lawful way to open windows to a neighbor's back yard.
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For several hundreds of years, the passage opens up a lively debate in various corpora of Hebrew law about privacy and its legal, philosophical, and religious dimensions.
I recently gave a seminar talk at the CUPS lab (Carnegie Mellon University) that tries to look at the debate. In includes a brief background on the Hebrew law, its historical context, and its unique type of discourse. Finally, I compared the Hebrew law's views on Privacy to modern approaches, and particularly to "The Right to Privacy" by Warren and Brandeis.