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Introduction Privacy can be broadly defined as the right to be left alone Shank 1986 Although it is recognized as a basic right it is not absolute as it may be the case within some other basic right according to the Law The duty to respect a persons privacy allows exemptions eg police or Government may have the right to obtain personal information from the citizens in order to ensure social order and harmony The desire for privacy implies that it will be an issue if a person clearly expresses the desire to exercise the right The question is how Marketing is related with the right of privacy How far can companies which gather information about customers needs wants and demands Marketings basic principle operate in an acceptable or else ethically accepted way Marketing and Privacy are connected with a link which is called information Information is as important for the business and economic community as the industry was in the previous years after the First World War In fact the whole period is called Information Age On the one hand information is the starting point of Marketing Without Knowing in depth customers conscious and unconscious needs and wants Marketing cannot be established as a companys operating philosophy On the other hand people need their privacy to live free Freedom is one of the highest values of individuals It looks like two opposite powers have risen which brought many debatable issues and ethical dilemmas which will test our level of civilization online off line privacy One of those dilemmas is the question whether privacy is more important in the on-line rather than off-line world and whether someone has different privacy protection needs on-line or off-line Companies develop databases of customer information and practice customerized marketing and the same time new ways of fraud and theft are being developed in the on-line world 1Types of Private Information There
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