"Do you have something to hide?" is a manipulative rebuke to those that use #encryption.
It would help us all turn this conversation around. Because, the answer is: YES, we do have something to hide.
Things that we should hide, and must question why a government or business NEEDS access to:
- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
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"It would help us all >to< turn this conversation around."
Or maybe we just encrypted that word ;)
Thank you all for sharing internally and externally.
Thank you, once again, to everyone helping to spread the word near and far to make a positive impact for each other.
If you haven't watched Aral Balkan's @aral plea to the EU in regards to #decentralization, #encryption, #privacy, #security, #federation and the impact of #siliconvalley on our lives, consider watching it now. This is not just an EU issue.
It is well worth 17 minutes of your time, and right in line with this conversation. If we work together, we can help create a better internet.
@theprivacyfoundation i hear people use the same argument about their own personal data, that they have nothing to hide. What about the whereabouts of their children? I teach my children to use #Signal for all of our conversations, and to refrain from posting anything which could reveal their wereabouts.
@sergio_101 Exactly. Whereabouts are sensitive details, that are often disclosed without regard to privacy.
@theprivacyfoundation not just that.. if you trust that data to be housed outside your circle of trust, you are trusting everyone on that organization. this is impossibly irresponsible. plus, if it was my kid, it would get a person killed.
responses I've used:
🔒 I'm just a very private person
🔒 I like to choose who i share things with
🔒 its just smart/responsible
🔒 it's just common sense
🔒 i protect things i care about
🔒 Snowden told me to and regardless of the legitimate discussion surrounding the ethics of his actions he's hot as fuck and i therefore trust his judgement
@theprivacyfoundation The answer is always: "Yes, I do. I even wear cloth." Except you are in a naked sauna, but even then you can say "Yes, at least when I go outside and I hope you do, too."
@theprivacyfoundation we need to talk about how gvmt saying something like that is literally a method of gaslighting?
@theprivacyfoundation Lots of info to hide but I would love to share how we can convince people to hide it. Anyone?
@theprivacyfoundation i'm pretty sure there are people who'd start telling you their most recent medical history when confronted with this list. Initially they'd do it to prove a point, but then they'd forget why they started and 20min later you'll hear the story of the time their cousin tried to repaint his living room.
anyone who says that without fully doxxing themselves at the same time should be ... well, not ridiculed, maybe ... but have their cognitive dissonance highlighted.
i want it all out there: Account numbers, passwords, multi-factor recovery codes, all their data ... the lot of it.
@theprivacyfoundation I like to say this.
It does not matter if the content of what I communicate is frivolous or weighty, it is MINE and I share it with whom I wish.
It is not yours to commandeer at whim.
And, btw, kindly fuck right off complaining about encryption.
Complaining about encryption merely marks you out as a fascist overlord type.
@theprivacyfoundation even if one doesn't have anything to hide (or believes so), most other people do. and by giving up their rights, those "nothing to hide" people put everyone else in danger. it's like herd immunity.
Privacy is not a right.
@theprivacyfoundation I realize that I have trouble precisely defining 'privacy' myself.
Privacy is not a right. It is the absence of rights for others to mess with certain aspects of our lives.
Privacy is not something we have to justify. Privacy violations are.
At least in democratic states.
Snowden writes it nicer than me in 'Permanend Record', chapter 18.
@theprivacyfoundation I agree with your statement. In addition, I feel this concise comment that made the rounds recently may be a useful tool when starting a conversation about the need for privacy:
"I need privacy, not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are."
@cstanhope Thank you for sharing that ~
@theprivacyfoundation well I can't just go flauntin my bits willy nilly...
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