Full privacy only exists offline

Is there anything like privacy on the Internet or does it only exist offline? The Big Players on the net have already made their points regarding this topic. Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, made the now famous statement that anonymity on the Internet has to disappear. And Facebook has just recently won an important victory in this fight against anonymity on the net.

Even Google manager Eric Schmidt has clearly positioned himself about privacy on the Internet:

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”


Should a legally guaranteed privacy on the Internet be generally rejected? Is a person using the Internet automatically leaving the private area and entering the public area? Or do fundamental rights also apply to the Internet? This conflict will keep both the Internet scene and the legislature busy for some time.