far do you go to protect your anonymity and privacy?
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is Privacy Important?
Privacy and anonymous speech are at the core of a free
society. Individuals must have the right to travel where
they want, read what they want, buy what they want,
and speak to whomever they please. The snooper could
be an ex-wife, a company doing market research, an employer
trying to get rid of "bad" employees, your government
making sure you don't dissent, or even a foreign government
looking for people to rebel. In any case, the ability
to criticize someone or something without fear of reprisal
is very important. For example, a member of a socially
conservative family may be reluctant to read a book
that examines the nature of homosexuality if he or she
knew they could be exposed for doing so. Similarly,
a government employee may be hesitant to expose the
corrupt practices of his or her superior, fearing retaliation
in the face of uncertain anonymity.
let's put it this way - if I'm critical of the government
in my own home and I don't have a reasonable expectation
of privacy, I certainly have a discentive from expressing
my ideas to others. The history of America has shown
what happens when the wrong people get into power and
start persecuting those with beliefs they don't like
- look at McCarthy's Committee on un-American Affairs.
If that isn't a sound justification for privacy from
snooping government officials and the danger of overzealous
bureaucrats trying to make a name for themselves, I
don't know what is.
and anonymous speech are at the core of a free state.
Even the Federalist Papers written by the founding fathers
of the United States were published under pseudonyms.
If England had been able to find out who was criticizing
their rule, they would have silenced them and the US
may have never been born.