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If You've Got Nothing To Hide, Why Aren't You Naked?

One of the more tedious arguments used by people who favour compulsory Internet filtering and other forms of censorship is “People who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear from these systems”. In his LCA keynote today, security researcher Jacob Appelbaum highlighted a simple point that’s worth making when people say that: if you have nothing to hide, why are you wearing clothes and why are there curtains on your house?

The issue of compulsory Internet filtering appears to have gone onto the backburner for the current government, but that doesn’t mean it won’t reappear in the future. If that happens, it’s a simple and worthwhile point to remember when the discussion comes up.


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