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The false dichotomy

The debate isn’t security versus privacy. It’s liberty versus control.

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If you set up the false dichotomy, of course people will choose security over privacy – especially if you scare them first. But it’s still a false dichotomy. There is no security without privacy. And liberty requires both security and privacy. The famous quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin reads: „Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.“ It’s also true that those who would give up privacy for security are likely to end up with neither.

Bruce Schneier, Security vs. Privacy

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