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Bruce Schneier: Securing Your PC and Your Privacy

Nov 13, 2008, 04:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"We've sacrificed a lot of privacy in the last few years in the name of security. Are we actually safer as a result?

"The whole security vs. privacy dichotomy is a false one. There are many security measures—door locks, burglar alarms, tall chain-link fences—that have nothing to do with privacy. It’s only identity-based security that affects privacy, and there are limits to that approach. I’ve repeatedly said that exactly two things have made airplane travel safer since 9/11: reinforcing cockpit doors and convincing passengers that they need to fight back. Those two things have no effect on privacy. Security measures that affect privacy, like ID checks, haven’t made us any safer. The real dichotomy is liberty vs. control. And real security comes from liberty plus privacy."

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