Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

By Daniel J. Solove

"If you might have not anything to hide," many folks say, "you should not fear approximately govt surveillance." Others argue that we needs to sacrifice privateness for protection. yet as Daniel J. Solove argues during this vital ebook, those arguments etc are unsuitable. they're in keeping with wrong perspectives approximately what it ability to guard privateness and the prices and advantages of doing so. the talk among privateness and safety has been framed incorrectly as a zero-sum video game within which we're compelled to select from one worth and the opposite. Why cannot now we have both? 

In this concise and available ebook, Solove exposes the fallacies of many pro-security arguments that experience skewed legislation and coverage to want safety on the rate of privateness. preserving privateness isn't really deadly to security features; it basically comprises enough oversight and rules. Solove strains the heritage of the privacy-security debate from the Revolution to the current day. He explains how the legislations protects privateness and examines matters with new applied sciences. He then issues out the flaws of our present method and gives particular treatments. Nothing to Hide makes a robust and compelling case for attaining a greater stability among privateness and safety and divulges why doing so is key to guard our freedom and democracy.

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The (defunct) TIA emblem dossier. in line with Poindexter, terrorists should be stuck by means of taking a look at “patterns of job which are in response to observations from previous terrorist assaults. ”3 The TIA software had its personal web site, with a slick emblem (Figure 2). on the best of the pyramid was once a watch, with beams of sunshine emanating from it and illuminating the globe. towards the ground, in Latin, was once the motto: “Knowledge is strength. ” Media studies in regards to the application sparked a public outcry. The past due William Safire, then a conservative columnist for the recent York instances, led the cost. He declared that Poindexter “is decided to collapse the wall among advertisement snooping and mystery govt intrusion. . . . And he has been given a $200 million price range to create desktop dossiers on three hundred million american citizens. ”4 stuck within the headlights, the dept of safety speedy dropped the emblem, replaced the identify of this system to Terrorism info knowledge, and promised to guard privateness. however it was once too past due. Outrage concerning the application reached any such fever pitch that the Senate voted unanimously to disclaim it investment. TIA have been slain. five yet TIA didn’t rather die. in its place, it lived on in a variety of proj- 184 The govt and knowledge Mining ects with vague names comparable to Basketball, Genoa II, and Topsail. in contrast to TIA, which had its personal site, those initiatives are considerably extra clandestine. 6 What lesson did the govt. examine from the general public outrage at TIA? Did it research that conducting a big facts mining venture increases monstrous public matters and shouldn’t be kept away from sufficient oversight, challenge, and safeguard of privateness? No. as an alternative, it realized to maintain the information mining initiatives extra hidden, to call them extra innocuously, and never to have an internet site or a totalitarian emblem. past TIA and its spin-offs, the govt. has been constructing different facts mining courses. One govt document famous that “TIA was once no longer the end of the iceberg, yet particularly one small specimen in a sea of icebergs. ”7 Following the September eleven assaults, the Transportation protection management, with assistance from the FBI, has been constructing a application to mine information approximately airline passengers to figure out who may be allowed to fly, chosen for added screening, or denied definitely the right to board an plane. numerous different info mining courses are getting used or developed—about 200 based on one record. eight the issues of knowledge Mining Defenders of knowledge mining insist that it reasons in simple terms minimum privateness harms. As Richard Posner argues: the gathering, in general via digital potential, of great quantities of non-public info is related to invade privateness. yet desktop assortment and processing of knowledge can't, as such, invade privateness. due to their quantity, the information are first sifted by means of desktops, which look for names, addresses, cell numbers, and so on. , that could have intelligence price. This preliminary sifting, faraway from invading privateness (a machine isn't really a sentient being), retains so much deepest info from being learn by means of any intelligence officer.

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