Security vs. Privacy

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  1. Security and privacy are not opposite ends of a seesaw; you don’t have to accept less of one to get more of the other.
  2. Security is vital to survival, not just of people but of every living thing. Privacy is unique to humans, but it’s a social need.
  3. Security affects privacy only when it’s based on identity, and there are limitations to that sort of approach.
  4. If you set up the false dichotomy, of course people will choose security over privacy — especially if you scare them first.
  5. There is no security without privacy, and liberty requires both security and privacy. Further, those who would give up privacy for security are likely to end up with neither.


Security vs. Privacy by Bruce Schenier

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