characteristic of data that is not shared with specified parties
Confidentiality is an ethical principle associated with several professions (e.g., medicine, law, religion) in which professionals do not share the secrets entrusted to them by clients, patients or parishioners.
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- CONFIDANT, CONFIDANTE, n. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B, confided by him to C.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- Whatever, in connection with my professional service, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
- Let those who are friendly to you be many,
but one in a thousand your confidant.
- Sirach 6:6, (New American Bible Revised Edition).