Minnesota Law Review
The right to privacy is the power to keep secrets. It is a power conferred in one form or another by the Constitution, by statute, and by tort law. It hinders the ability of the government and other citizens to know things about us that we -- often for very good reasons - would rather not have them know. It is a power that acts as a counterweight to the power of the state and of other citizens to monitor-often for very good reasons-what we do, what we read, what we say, and with whom we associate
Dale Carpenter, Keeping Secrets, 86 Minn. L. Rev. 1097 (2002), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/145.