Nothing to Hide

Bruce Schneier hat das Interview mit Eric Schmidt offenbar ebenfalls gelesen und zeigt sich wie immer kompromisslos (This is the loss of freedom we face when our privacy is taken from us.). Sehr lesenswert ist ein von Schneier verlinkter juristischer Essay, der sich mit dem beliebten Nothing to Hide-Argument auseinandersetzt:

In other words, the nothing to hide argument can be made by comparing the relative value between privacy and security. The value of privacy, the argument provides, is low, because the information is often not particularly sensitive. The ones with the most to worry about are the ones engaged in illegal conduct, and the value of protecting their privacy is low to nonexistent. On the government interest side of the balance, security has a very high value. Having a computer analyze the phone numbers one dials is not likely to expose deep dark secrets or embarrassing information to the world. The machine will simply move on, oblivious to any patterns that are not deemed suspicious. In other words, if you are not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide and nothing to fear.

Ich bezweifle, dass mich dieser Gedankengang beruhigt, wenn ich demnächst auf der Straße von einem NSA-Rechner anzüglich gegrüßt werde.