Thursday, August 5, 2010

Counterspy: If you've done nothing wrong...

There's a new privacy blog at called "Counterspy" by Barton Gellman, and investigative reporter who wants people to understand what privacy is - and it isn't what Larry Ellison, Marc Zuckerberg or Janet Napolitano would have you think it is. The problem is, in the story he writes about it on he doesn't tell us where it is (fortunately someone asked and the link is in the comments - the blog is here).

Mr. Gellman makes some very good points. We all have things that, while not illegal or even immoral, we may not want to be common knowledge. An employer may not want employees to know he's contemplating layoffs (he may be seeking other options) and companies don't publish trade secrets. Do you tell your employer you're looking for another job?

But his best response to those who say, "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide," isn't a statement, it's a reference. Remember the Jim Carrey movie, "Liar, Liar?"

Think about it.