Skip to content →

On Privacy vs Secrecy

This is the best sentence I’ve seen on the matter of Wiki Leaks, on…:

MARC ROTENBERG President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) , Washington, DC; Co-author, Information Privacy Law

It is important to distinguish between personal privacy and government secrecy. In the first instance, we are considering a fundamental human right, in the second an instrumental technique that extends the power of the state.

To state one can add businesses. What is even more interesting for me than the leak is the way big corporations (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Amazon) have leapt into the fray, casting their judgment before any legal obligation to do so.

Published in blog