In the novel "1984", what are the various forms of privacy invasion in Oceania?

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The most notable form of privacy invasion involves the ever present telescreens mounted in the homes of Party members. These telescreens see and hear virtually everything that is going on in a citizen's home and are essentially twenty-four hour surveillance. Additionally, the Thought Police roam the streets to spy on the citizens and are often undetected because they dress in disguise. Children are also trained at a young age to spy on their parents and report them for unorthodox behavior. This organization is called the Junior Spies which is an extension of the Thought Police. Winston also takes caution and looks out for hidden microphones that are commonly planted throughout the forests. In the dystopian society of Oceania, it is virtually impossible to escape the ever watching eye of Big Brother. Citizens cannot even trust one another and are forced to repress their feelings in order to survive in Oceania. 

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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There is total invasion of privacy.  No matter where you are in Oceania there are cameras, or people watching, listening, and reading what you do, say, and write.  Even the bathroom facilities have cameras.  Winston mentions that one of the places you can be sure Big Brother is watching is in the stall of the bathrooms.  The screens in the rooms, the cameras in the streets, at work, in restaurants, everywhere.  The only escape Winston can find is in an old junk shop.  Occasionally he and Julia also escape to the woods, but they can't make the visits in the same place twice without the fear of being followed or caught. 

Even people's children are spies for Big Brother.  The children are constantly turning in their parents.  If you write on a scrap of paper Big Brother can get hold of that.  Even your personal thoughts are not totally private from Big Brother because of the Thought Police.  The main theme of this novel is the loss of privacy and the individual thought process.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The telescreens are the biggest invasions of privacy you could not control them they monitored you all the time, and only the government could control when to turn them off or on. their entire country was under surveillance. another was using the children for capturing people who have committed thought crime.