"If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide, You’ve Got Nothing to Fear"

Friday, January 04, 2013


Here's a common refrain in privacy discussions: “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” There's also Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt famously saying:  "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Brooke speaks with George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove who says those types of arguments misunderstand privacy entirely.


Daniel Solove

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Brooke Gladstone

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Dennis Mick from Texas

Today's show repeatedly missed a key point.

Surveillance stifles dissent. Measures instituted initially or ostensibly for prosecuting crime or fighting terrorism can and often are easily turned on anyone who legitimately opposes another political faction or government.

Dissent is vital to a sustained democracy because, without opposition, governments will surely overreach and some measure of freedom will be lost. The right to organized dissent or political opposition is seriously endangered by lax protections from covert surveillance.

Even those of us with nothing to hide should be very concerned about how weakened privacy protections can and will be used politically.

Jan. 06 2013 12:23 PM
Susan Randolph

Thank you for this valuable and thought-provoking program. I found Philip Bobbitt's comments especially interesting. I wish you had listed him as well as Daniel Solove as a guest of the program.

Jan. 05 2013 09:49 AM

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