On 18/09/2013 01:50, John Gilmore wrote: > Re Big Data: I have never seen data that could be abused by someone > who didn't have a copy of it. My first line of defense of privacy is > to deny copies of that data to those who would collect it and later > use it against me. This is exactly the policy that NSA supposedly has > to follow, according to the published laws and Executive Orders: to > prevent abuses against Americans, don't collect against Americans. > It's a good first step. NSA is not following that policy.
What makes me a tad bitter is that we apparantly live in a world with two classes: US citizens and the subhuman rest of it. NSA-style blanket surveillance violates the fundamental right to privacy and ultimately also the fundamental right to freedom of expression. These are not rights that are solely vested in the exceptional Americans. The Bill of Tights already alludes to their universality, although it took the UN Declaration of Human Rights to explicitly acknowledge their universal nature. The way the debate is being framed in the USA does not endear the rest of the world to the USA any more than the USA's track-record in foreign policy already has. Other than that I wholeheartedly agree with what you wrote. Regards, Walter _______________________________________________ The cryptography mailing list email@example.com http://www.metzdowd.com/mailman/listinfo/cryptography