Thursday, October 29, 2009

Does anyone understand privacy?

Good post today from Sun's Michelle Dennedy on the whole privacy issue. She's commenting on a Gov't security official's quote: "We have a saying in this business: 'Privacy and security are a zero-sum game.'" and responds:

"I'm sure they have that saying in their business. And it's precisely why, when people in their business are in charge of government, it becomes a police state. If privacy and security really were a zero-sum game, we would have seen mass immigration into the former East Germany and
modern-day China. While it's true that police states like those have less street crime, no one argues that their citizens are fundamentally more secure.
It simply amazes me how many different ways people can misunderstand privacy!

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