Why Privacy Matters

I decided to create this post in order to collect articles and statemens from people regarding privacy. The aim is, to raise awareness on this topic to all the people who think, that privacy doesn’t matter.

Collected Articles

Date Published Title
16.06.2015 “Wer nichts zu verbergen hat, ist ein langweiliger Mensch” (Tages Anzeiger) Link
Am Mittwoch debattiert der Nationalrat über längere Vorratsdatenspeicherung und den Staatstrojaner. Es droht der Überwachungsstaat, sagt Denis Simonet von der Piratenpartei.
14.03.2014 Das Arsenal der Überwacher (Berner Zeitung)Link
Das Parlament bringt das Gesetz zur Fernmeldeüberwachung auf den neusten Stand und verschärft es gleichzeitig. Ein Blick in die Werkzeugkiste der Behörden.
19.10.2013 Essay: Macht und Misstrauen der Untertanen (Tages Anzeiger) Link
Die meisten Menschen möchten sich gar nicht gegen die Ausspähung im Internet schützen, obwohl es Möglichkeiten gibt. Ihre Argumente sind falsch.
25.07.2013 Privacy Protects Bothersome People (Martin Fowler)Link
One of the consequences of the Edward Snowden story is a heightened discussion about the importance of privacy – in particular when or if privacy should be traded off in order to combat terrorism. To think about this we need to understand why privacy of individuals is important to a democracy. We often hear statements like “I have nothing to hide”, or as a friend of mine put it “the NSA doesn’t care about insignificant people like you or me”. I may care about my privacy, but should my personal desire trump the needs of our broader society?
15.05.2011 Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’ (The Chronicle of Higher Education) Link
When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they’re not worried. “I’ve got nothing to hide,” they declare. “Only if you’re doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don’t deserve to keep it private.” The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy. The data-security expert Bruce Schneier calls it the “most common retort against privacy advocates.” The legal scholar Geoffrey Stone refers to it as an “all-too-common refrain.” In its most compelling form, it is an argument that the privacy interest is generally minimal, thus making the contest with security concerns a foreordained victory for security.

Collected Video Material

Here is also some collected video material on the topic.

Why Privacy Matters
Allesandro Acquisti explains in about 15 minutes, why you should care about your privacy.

Stop Watching Us
“We need to watch the watchers”. How true.

I think, the examples above illustrate nicely, what consequences the massive data collection by governments can have. It’s not all about what you publish, it’s also about what is being collected/analyzed about you over time. Basically, you have no control on that, and even worse, if data is misused, you will never know and you’ll probably never have the chance to correct that.

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