Privacy Facts

Last updated March 2017

I believe that privacy is important. It needs to be protected more than it currently is. My opinion on this has come from a lot of reading and thinking. I would like to advocate for privacy in my own small way by helping others to see why I hold these opinions, whether or not they decide to believe similarly.

Other privacy advocates often talk about the ideological value of privacy. I mostly agree with what they have to say, but I think there’s a better way to show the need for privacy. I am in the process of listing relevant privacy questions on this page along with related, concrete facts. I haven’t listed many yet, but eventually these facts will demonstrate why we should care more about privacy.


Should a little privacy be sacrificed for the sake of security?

[A] federal judge declared the phone metadata collection program “almost certainly” unconstitutional, in the process saying that the Justice Department failed to “cite a single case in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent terrorist attack.”

– Glenn Greenwald, “No Place To Hide”, 2014. Quoting the Washington Post, “Officials’ Defenses of NSA Phone Program May Be Unraveling,” 2013.

Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology… Only 3 percent of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.

– The Guardian, “CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police,” https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/may/06/ukcrime1