Today Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, said this:
To which Bruce Schneier, renowned security expert and relentless crusader against government intrusion into our private lives, responded:
We do nothing wrong when we make love or go to the bathroom. We are not deliberately hiding anything when we seek out private places for reflection or conversation. We keep private journals, sing in the privacy of the shower, and write letters to secret lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a basic human need.
Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny.
It’s interesting to note that Bruce said this back in 2006. It was true then, and it’s still true now.