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Bruce Schneier on Security

Op zijn Blog over Privacy op het Web geeft Bruce Schneier een reactie op een interview dat Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) had met Maria Bartiromo (CNBC) over Google en de manier waarop deze zoekgigant omgaat met onze privacy. Schmidt’s standpunt is

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Daar is iets voor te zeggen natuurlijk.
Maar de reactie van Schneier is ook zeker het overdenken waard:

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.
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Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.

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