Computers And Privacy Don 't Mix

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“Nothing to hide, nothing to fear - Computers and privacy don’t mix.” Discuss.

Privacy is one of the most discussed topics in modern ICT today. The question being whether or not there is any element of privacy anymore when storing personal files and data on a computer or ICT system. Although it is arguable that the main problem with privacy in the computing world is with data and information that is stored online, and information that is collected about a user when they are surfing the internet, browsing certain pages, or downloading files via ftp or http protocol. The fact of the matter is that if a user’s personal computer is disconnected from the Internet and well secured with passwords that they do not share with others, they are
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Although the statement is arguably true in some situations, for example in the sense that there is nothing to fear in legal terms if there is no illegal content or unauthorised data hidden on ones computer, whether this content is found on phones, desktop computers, or even in personal cloud storage accounts from services such as Dropbox or Google cloud. Many find the quote to be incorrect or naïve however, due to the controversial surveillance methods utilised by the government specifically in the USA such as telephone tapping, and the monitoring of citizens internet communications, as well as using programs such as XKeyscore to “invade” users privacy. Edward Snowden has leaked evidence of most, if not all of these methods over the last 2 years, resulting in widespread praise for his whistleblowing and a lot of protest towards the government’s methods. The reason people dislike these methods, is due to the fact that there are many claims the probing is illegal, and they it is an invasion of citizens privacy, no matter whether or not the people who are being monitored are criminals. “The deeper problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it myopically views privacy as a form of secrecy. In contrast, understanding privacy as a plurality of related issues demonstrates that the disclosure of
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