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Should the government take control of private data?

  • If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear

    Privacy is hard to define and even harder to defend. The legal scholar Arthur Miller called it "exasperatingly vague and evanescent." Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis famously described it as the "right to be let alone" (something that the NSA's programs can only very indirectly be characterized as violating, since they operate without interfering with us pretty much at all). In Solove's formulation, we should ease off the privacy hand-wringing and turn our attention to something much more fundamental: how we relate as citizens to our government and how much power we have in that relationship.

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