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If you’re unsure where you fall in the privacy-versus-security debate, this crisp, compelling TED Talk is for you. For one thing, says privacy advocate Kade Crockford, the dichotomy between privacy and security is a false one. She explains in concrete detail why privacy is, in fact, the guarantor of security. And that premise makes the threat of face surveillance technology all the more formidable, says Crockford.


Privacy helps to guarantee safety and security.

If you’ve ever said that privacy doesn’t matter to you because you have nothing to hide, consider whether you use passwords on any of your accounts, if you ever close your window shades or blinds, or if you’d prefer not to broadcast your medical records or internet search history across the web. As these everyday behaviors prove, privacy still matters – even in the digital age.

Privacy is the notion that you should be able to control how others share personal information about you. This is fundamentally different from secrecy or concealment. Moreover, privacy isn’t at odds with safety. Door locks, fences, passwords, curtains, and many other innovations that protect your privacy also protect your safety.

By contrast, dragnet surveillance improves neither privacy nor safety. A third-party review of the government’s dragnet surveillance programs...

About the Speaker

Kade Crockford directs the American Civil Liberties Union’s Technology for Liberty program.

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