Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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Privacy and Democracy
by Abacus_ on Fri 11th Dec 2009 11:33 UTC
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2006-12-08

Apparently many people do not realize that privacy is important to maintain a democracy. If a government can observe all communication, it becomes easy for a government to oppose any opposition against the government.

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RE: Privacy and Democracy
by Auxx on Fri 11th Dec 2009 13:45 in reply to "Privacy and Democracy"
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This is the way things are in any advanced country like US, UK, etc - you are totally controlled.

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RE[2]: Privacy and Democracy
by kaiwai on Fri 11th Dec 2009 14:11 in reply to "RE: Privacy and Democracy"
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2005-07-06

This is the way things are in any advanced country like US, UK, etc - you are totally controlled.


Any time a people demand the government take on more responsibility there is always going to be an inherent loss of freedom or privacy as a result; the question is whether the public fully appreciate giving up one thing for something else.

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