‘An enduring value’ asks: What is privacy and why do we need it? What does the need for privacy tell us about the relationship of the individual with society? What are the negative effects of privacy? How do we define ‘personal information’? The segregation of the public and private spheres is a central tenet of liberalism: privacy engenders personal autonomy and allows us to remove our social mask and test creative and moral activities and ideas. However privacy is not an unqualified good: it may conceal domestic oppression, especially of women, and may impede the detection of crime.