En kommentator i denne tråd på Boing Boing spørger, hvordan hun skal forklare sin fem-årige datter, hvorfor privatlivets fred er vigtig nok til at kæmpe for, og får dette svar:
It’s not a secret that all of us have genitals, willies and bums and female genitalia.
It’s also not a secret what we use them for, like when we go to the toilet.
However, we don’t like other people to see these parts of ourselves – these are private parts. People have no right to get to see these parts without our permission, by lurking in the girls’ gym at school or similar antics.
Also, it’s not a secret that people have friends, and friends say things to each other. However, the fact that this is not a secret does not mean we like other people to hear what we say to our friends. The things we say to our friends are our things, our private life. The government has no right to get to know what we tell our friends, e.g. by tapping our phone.
And this is the end of the “if you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to hide” argument. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with our private parts, but we still don’t want to walk around on the street with no clothes.
It’s also not that there’s anything wrong with the things we say to our friends, but these are our things.
Maybe bad people say bad things to each other on the phone and plan to do bad things to good people, and if the police have a good reason to believe that then yes, in that case a judge may give them a warrant to listen in on these suspected bad people’s conversations.
Bad people may even hide bad things like weapons along with their private parts, and in that case it would also be okay for police to ask to see their private parts – if they have a good reason to believe that, I mean.
They should not be allowed to do this without a reason (reasonable suspicion), because these are people’s private parts – these are *my* private parts.
Og mon ikke det giver god mening også for en fem-årig? Det gør i hvert fald kort proces med sludderet om, at “hvis man ikke har gjort noget galt, har man ikke noget at skjule”. Vi har alle noget at skjule. Det kaldes “et privatliv”.
• Databasestaten, af Cory Doctorow
• Databasestaten, på Modspil.dk