The ever-interesting William Gibson on the tension between privacy and history:

I’ve never been able to fit the concepts of privacy, history and encryption together in a satisfying way, though it continues to seem that I should. Each concept has to do with information; each can be considered to concern the public and the private; and each involves aspects of society, and perhaps particularly digital society. But experience has taught me that all I can hope to do with these three concepts is demonstrate the problems that considering them together causes.
— William Gibson, 'The Future of Privacy', The New York Times, 6 December 2016

It's worth reading the whole article.  Although it's short, there's a lot of food for thought in there for anyone interested in recordkeeping, information governance, data protection and so on.