Re: [perpass] perens-perpass-appropriate-response-01

Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net> Fri, 06 December 2013 23:32 UTC

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* Ralf Skyper Kaiser wrote:
>Further on your "I have nothing to hide" argument  I kindly ask you to
>install a video camera on
>your toilet and send the link of the webcam to this list. Still nothing to
>hide? Feeling good?

It is interesting that this counter-argument is extremely common to the
exclusion of most others. For instance, it is rarely pointed out that
while resources are expended searching those who have nothing to hide,
those who do have something to hide have time to get away or to improve
their hiding methods, dispose of whatever they are hiding, or to commit
more actions that would justify searching them.

It is also uncommon to point out in response to this argument that by
revealing things about ourself, we may also reveal things about others,
which might do damage to common goods. You cannot have free elections,
for instance, if most people reveal how they vote. I want others to hide
how they voted so I can vote freely; so the Golden Rule gives me some-
thing to hide.
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