Nothing to hide

À l'ombre des majorités silencieuses

Often people say they don’t worry about surveillance because they have “nothing to hide.” But whether you have “nothing to hide” is not up to you to judge. If an algorithm decides you’re involved in “suspicious activity,” or if a friend of a friend makes a phone call to a “suspected militant” in Yemen, you can be subject to closer scrutiny, put on a no-fly list, questioned for hours at the airport, etc. And you don’t have any recourse. Nobody tells you you’ve been put on a list, so you can’t defend yourself and get your name removed. Nobody will tell you why you’re on a list because of “national security reasons.” In some respects the surveillance state is more Kafka’s “The Trial” than Orwell’s “1984.”

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