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 May 21, 2011  Misc, Surveillance

Daniel J. Solove has a wonderful article in Chronicle of Higher Education, adapted from his book Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security. Here’s the beginning:

When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they’re not worried. “I’ve got nothing to hide,” they declare. “Only if you’re doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don’t deserve to keep it private.”

The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy. The data-security expert Bruce Schneier calls it the “most common retort against privacy advocates.” The legal scholar Geoffrey Stone refers to it as an “all-too-common refrain.” In its most compelling form, it is an argument that the privacy interest is generally minimal, thus making the contest with security concerns a foreordained victory for security.

Go read the rest on Chronicle of Higher Education. You’ll thank me later. 🙂

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