The Eternal Value of Privacy

From a classic little essay by privacy advocate Bruce Schneir:

Cardinal Richelieu understood the value of surveillance when he famously said, “If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” Watch someone long enough, and you’ll find something to arrest — or just blackmail — with. Privacy is important because without it, surveillance information will be abused: to peep, to sell to marketers and to spy on political enemies — whoever they happen to be at the time.

This might be useful to you for next week’s reading response paper on the Daniel Solove article.

via The Eternal Value of Privacy.

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