Privacy Or Surveillance, You Decide

…and you can only choose one of them.

Bruce Schneier (image: Tobias Björkgren / Flickr cc)

Bruce Schneier writes in the Washington Post on the case for Apple to stand firm against the FBI demand it cracks open the protection on an iPhone 5C:

The policy implications are complicated. The FBI wants to set a precedent that tech companies will assist law enforcement in breaking their users’ security, and the technology community is afraid that the precedent will limit what sorts of security features it can offer customers. The FBI sees this as a privacy vs. security debate, while the tech community sees it as a security vs. surveillance debate.

Privacy versus security, plus security versus surveillance. That can be reduced to privacy versus surveillance. Which is what this all boils down to. Should your phone and what is stored in your phone be private, or should it be under the threat of surveillance? There’s no middle ground here, you can have one or the other, but not both.

Choose one.

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