You do have something to hide, you just don’t know it #

Over on Wired, Moxie Marlinspike addresses the cliched question of  ’nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ when discussing security issues. It might be focused on America, but the principles still stand, and the view is especially relevant in the current climate.

If the federal government had access to every email you’ve ever written and every phone call you’ve ever made, it’s almost certain that they could find something you’ve done which violates a provision in the 27,000 pages of federal statues or 10,000 administrative regulations. You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet.

One Response to “You do have something to hide, you just don’t know it”

  1. Tante Jay says:

    So true. As a german, we are learning this at an early stage of our lifes.

    “Nothing to hide, nothing to fear” was a common for the Nazis to force people to submission.

    Everybody has his dirty little secret he rather not have in public. It’s not only that I maybe violated law, it’s also that I have personal skeletons in my backyard I don’t want anybody to know. They may be measly, they are not violating everybody, but still I had done things I’m not proud of.

    And I really want to keep it in private. Thanks, Obama, it’s no longer in my backyard only.

    Yes, we scan. :(