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Everyone has something to hide from surveillance

May 1, 2015

By Paweł Zdziarski (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Paweł Zdziarski (Own work) , CC-BY-SA-3.0 Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance

This, this, this, a thousand times this. Key excerpts:

“If the federal government can’t even count how many laws there are, what chance does an individual have of being certain that they are not acting in violation of one of them?”

“…these legal victories would probably not have been possible without the ability to break the law.”

“Police already abuse the immense power they have, but if everyone’s every action were being monitored, and everyone technically violates some obscure law at some time, then punishment becomes purely selective. “

“…an enormous steam roller built out of careers and billions in revenue from surveillance contracts and technology. To negotiate with that, we can’t lead with concessions, but rather with all the opposition we can muster.”

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