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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

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  • by Craefter (71540) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @05:52AM (#46831135)

    When will common people realize that invading privacy is a crime? Instead there seems to be an acceptance of it being just collateral damage in the war against child porn and terrorists.

    Don't come with "if you have nothing to hide you don't need privacy" tantrum because I think privacy is an emotional necessity for the development of a healthy brain. Too bad so much will have been lost before before the general public realizes what has been lost.

  • by SuricouRaven (1897204) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @07:50AM (#46831517)

    Armchair psychology aside, there are implications for political debate even in free societies. It's difficult to campaign for the legalisation of X (whatever X is) if you cannot do so anonymously, because most of those campaigning for legalisation probably do X and so would become targets for arrest. This also applies if X is merely very unpopular, to the point that speaking in favor of it would result in protests, possible violence, boycotting of business, etc.

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