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Difference between privacy and secrecy

In Uncategorized on 16/05/2018 at 5:55 am

Here’s some really insight comments by an FT reader on the issue of whether end to end encryption of apps like What Appt is good for society.

RunningCommentary 18: I think this dilemma* illustrates a lack of clear thinking around the difference between privacy and secrecy. Encryption is a tool for secrecy and you might wonder why any law-abiding person would need to operate in secret. Shouldn’t respect for privacy be sufficient? But the answer is in the question. Both the state and big business have for some time regarded privacy as an inconvenience. Quite naturally, people are having to protect their privacy with the technologies of secrecy. Privacy is a form of security: security from intrusion, impersonation, misrepresentation, harassment and nuisance. But its not meant to be a cover for wrongdoing. Given respect for privacy: there will be a threshold for intrusion: for example, what the Americans would call probable cause. And given the potential for error and the importance of maintaining respect for private life, intrusions will be questioning and self-critical. There will be cases where national security and personal security are in conflict but is there any reason to suppose that that is the norm. And we don’t need to assume that privacy protection will thwart the operations of the security services. If you haven’t got probable cause what is the likelihood that your scarce resources are being deployed in an effective manner? What is the likelihood that mass surveillance is the answer when the problem is one of targeted surveillance?

CoolDude: Didn’t the Snowden leak show mass survillence?

@CoolDude Quite so. Modern states ignore privacy because it is inconvenient when it comes to mass surveillance. My point is twofold: (1) that privacy protection is not incompatible with targeted surveillance (2) That anti-terrorism is a ‘looking for a needle in a haystack problem’ and therefore implies targeted surveillance.


*Whether privacy overrides security issues.

 

 

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  1. since whatsapp give ur recipients the decryption software in phones to read ur original message, they can also use the same tool to read ur message in their own system, and if there is good cause, give it to someone they think is entitled to ask for it; there is no real “secrecy”; but since not anybody can achieve this, u r protected from public intrusion

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