Not aimed at terrorists

Americans tend to be less concerned about civil liberties violations when those violations are pointed at someone else.  With that in mind, it's good to occasionally remind each other that surveillance is not aimed at catching terrorists.  Terrorists have far more incentive to avoid being caught than ordinary people do, and are thus far more motivated to use high-effort, high-effectiveness means to avoid surveillance.  Ordinary people aren't willing to put out the effort in their lives to hide things that may still be embarrassing, awkward, useful for blackmail, or mildly criminal.

The only way to ensure that everyone has privacy is to make privacy the default assumption, and on the internet, that's more of a technical problem than a user one.

This entry was published Wed Jun 26 00:23:19 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-06-26 00:23:19.0. [Tweet]

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