An interesting examination of privacy is presented in the paper “‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy“. The essay provides extensive review of the elements of privacy and asserts as part of it’s conclusion:
The nothing to hide argument speaks to some problems, but not to others. It represents a singular and narrow way of conceiving of privacy, and it wins by excluding consideration of the other problems often raised in government surveillance and data mining programs. When engaged with directly, the nothing to hide argument can ensnare, for it forces the debate to focus on its narrow understanding of privacy. But when confronted with the plurality of privacy problems implicated by government data collection and use beyond surveillance and disclosure, the nothing to hide argument, in the end, has nothing to say.
There is a lot more to privacy then what appears on the surface!