Arguing That You Don’t Care About The Right To Privacy Because You Have Nothing To Hide Is No Different Than Saying You Don’t Care About Free Speech Because You Have Nothing To Say

By WashingtonsBlog
May 22, 2015
Washington’s Blog

 

Most Americans value privacy and oppose mass surveillance.

The minority who don’t – and who think spying is okay because they have “nothing to hide” –  are grossly misinformed (and don’t know that spying is meant to crush dissent and consolidate powernot stop terrorism).

Edward Snowden noted today in a Q&A on Reddit:

Some might say “I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.” Help them understand that they are misunderstanding the fundamental nature of human rights. Nobody needs to justify why they “need” a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. But even if they did, you can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to you. More simply, the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority.

But even if they could, help them think for a moment about what they’re saying. Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

Amen.

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12 thoughts on “Arguing That You Don’t Care About The Right To Privacy Because You Have Nothing To Hide Is No Different Than Saying You Don’t Care About Free Speech Because You Have Nothing To Say

  1. migarium

    Wow, what a long title!:) But I think it was good, most people does not read inside the posts. With this title, everyone can read;)

    And, I have to say, how much money has been turned around that, I couldn’t count, who gave the others or paid:) As far I understand, there are little sanctions and unjust enrichment. Capitalism criticism has been made as rightly.
    Here that caught my attention. With the sample of French Revolution has begun. I think that is forgetten.
    The bourgeois at the time of French Revolution, had not to create “taking share class”. But capitalism has evolved over time. If they had moved as an united like now, this revolution would not been already. Capitalism is standing by giving a certain amount of shares to each vessel that feed it. So as tragic, we can say that the elite class become wiser anymore.

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    1. newsfortherevolution Post author

      What I can’t help wondering, will the modern day aristocracy will meet the same fate as the French aristocracy. In someways I think they are even more out of touch with reality today than those of the past. I am against capital punishment, but sometime there is no stopping mob justice

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  2. ars1947

    Its amazing how many people will willingly give up their rights to live in comfort. This is exactly how unjust governments control people, by tricking them into giving up their most fundamental rights.

    The right to free speech and privacy are, unfortunately, two of the most important that have been slowly eroding over the course of a few decades if not longer.

    What really irks me is that these people are hurting others as well as themselves by giving the government a free hand in basic rights.

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    1. newsfortherevolution Post author

      It’s unbelievable. I cannot understand how people can be so content to give up their rights. They refuse to see that this is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany and is what life is like under totalitarian regimes. It is also an disservice to those individuals in the past who fought, and in some cases died, so we could have these rights.

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