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Security and privacy are two mutually exclusive concepts….


Are Security and Privacy two mutually exclusive concepts?

Security is a process, whilst privacy is an outcome.  Security is a tactical strategy, privacy is the desired objective.

As Schneier (2008) states, if privacy and security really were a zero-sum game, we would have seen mass immigration into the former East Germany and modern-day China. While it’s true that police states like those have less street crime, no one argues that their citizens are fundamentally more secure…

By the same token, many of the anti-privacy “security” measures we’re seeing — national ID cards, warrantless eavesdropping, massive data mining and so on — do little to improve, and in some cases harm, security. And government claims of their success are either wrong, or against fake threats.

The debate isn’t security versus privacy. It’s liberty versus control.   (Schneier, 2008).

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