Safety and Privacy : where to draw the line.

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As some comments were made in regard to biometrics and passports, it really got me thinking. How far will they (government, police, data gatherers) go, and how far will "we" let them go? How valuable is your privacy?

It's all those little things that add up to a complete profile of your life : who you are, who you meet and how you think. Our lives are being mined, and to be honest : I think I'm more than just another resource.

Passports with biometrics - I got a little carried away earlier on - will be the answer to fraud, deception and abuse, at least if you believe the arguments. Arguments given by governments that "spice up" reports concerning weapons of mass destruction, censor the investigations regarding the september 11th attacks on the WTC. Let's presume that all the arguments are valid, that iris-scans, fingerprinting and - why the hell not - DNA profiling is embedded in the passports. What happens if the system goes down? No iris-scan available, fingerprints can't be checked... however, a security officer can still manually verify a photograph.

I'm a terrorist, I grow up in a rogue state and my family and relatives all know I'm going to be a terrorist. Now, I can go totally undetected and not register for any government issued proof of ID, so they won't even know I'm alive. Or I could emigrate to some country that is flooded by economic and political immigrants every year, and with some careful planning and a good story I can assume pretty much any identity I want. This includes getting a passport with every security measure embedded. Did the system fail? Not at all, because all these safety procedures are active. However, I've beat the system right from the beginning. There is no such thing as 100% safety, nor matter what you invent.

I did a very quick check on the web in regards to fingerprinting, and this is the first article that shows up : Doubt case on fingerprint security. Sure, experts will say that it's an old study (May 2002) and that modern systems cannot be fooled anymore in such ways. Do you think those who are out to beat the systems have been sitting on their ass all that time? As systems are improved, so do the ones beating the system.

What I'm trying to tell you, is that the only one suffering from these "high security" procedures is you. The professionals will always slip through the mazes of the net.

The most common argument that comes up at this point is "Why are you against it? If you have nothing to hide, you don't have to be scared about it". It's the mother of all arguments I guess, since it cannot be fought with logic, as it is a subjective statement. What exactly is scared, or afraid? It would be different for everyone and this not really definable.

And let's take a look at the "nothing to hide" part of the argument. What exactly is "nothing to hide"? If I go out during the day, drink a whole lot of beer, do I want to have CCTV following me throughout the city? Do I want to be seen entering a bar? Do I want people seeing what I buy in the supermarket? What I do and how I live is my business.

The same goes for governments intruding in the personal relationships of people, but that's another story altogether. It all comes down to privacy and allowing others to monitor (and as such) control your life.

Think about it.

11 Comments

took the words right out of my mouth!! its all fair saying how "better" it will be but what they wont say is the endless amounts of cock-ups, failures and different ways there are of beeting such a system, inevitably if they did bring such a said system into the uk (which i pray to the holy lord they do not) eventually there are going to be many ppl TERRORISTS ect breaking this system and getting away with it!! its stupid.

took the words right out of my mouth!! its all fair saying how "better" it will be but what they wont say is the endless amounts of cock-ups, failures and different ways there are of beating such a system, inevitably if they did bring such a said system into the uk (which i pray to the holy lord they do not) eventually there are going to be many ppl TERRORISTS ect breaking this system and getting away with it!! its stupid.

that first one had a typo when i clicked post and i managed to change it after it went thu >.< sorry ppl

first ones a typo ignore it lol *whistles innocently*

ahhhhhhh i seem to be suffering from endless typo post syndrome WHEN WILL IT ALL END!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH

I think I'll have to "beet" you for spam commenting Jay :)

I'm helping! grr, reading all that stuff while it's the same twice >.<

Nadia : keep your man in line, will you? He's gone totally out of control! ;)

it was a sudden uncontrollable outburst jerry :p

I'll go by the pet store and buy a leash tomorrow :p

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