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Privacy matters, even if you "have nothing to hide"

Data retention laws passed the Austrian government a few weeks back. Its advocates, like everywhere else, like to stress that data retention isn’t a bad thing, because, well, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why should you care? The Chronicle has a thorough and insightful piece up that discusses exactly that faulty logic, why it’s such a fallacy and what we can do about it:

The deeper problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it myopically views privacy as a form of secrecy. In contrast, understanding privacy as a plurality of related issues demonstrates that the disclosure of bad things is just one among many difficulties caused by government security measures.

Read the whole thing here.

Privacy matters, even if you "have nothing to hide"
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