The Great Debate: Privacy vs. Security

Security vs. PrivacyFor decades, we have all wondered where the correct balance lies between protecting our privacy and security. There are strong arguments from both sides but let’s be honest, there is only one winner.

When it comes to the debate of privacy vs. security, as Joanne Kaufman of the New York Times said, “Security rules, and privacy concerns go out the window — the one with the camera attached. Big Brother, come on over and bring your friends.”

Unfortunately,a surveillance security cameras society doesn’t see it that way. The momentum of the scale alters back and forth between the arguments. It isn’t until there is tragedy that the scale tips heavily in favor of security.

A perfect example of this was the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. There was no larger spike than when the attack of the World Trade Center happened more than 12 years ago. The American government has invested more than $1 trillion in domestic security since the attacks.

The United States government realized how important it was to protect their citizens after those attacks. That is the reason that they spent such a tremendous amount of money in order to protect their citizens. It is unfortunate though that the realization came at the cost of almost 3,000 civilians.

Of course, politicians, authors and citizens continue to argue in favor of privacy.

“I’ve never liked the idea of security versus privacy because nobody feels more secure in a privacy state,” said Bruce Schneier, security expert and author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Insecure World.”

Nobody? Really? It’s nothing short of ludicrous to think that statement could even be close to true. Think about two scenarios, which would you feel safest in? The one with the up-to-date security or the one with nothing? There is a reason that security cameras seem to be home decor in apartment buildings rather than a luxury.

Statistics actually show that a home without visible security cameras is over 300% more likely to be burglarized than a home that has visible security cameras. Still think that “nobody feels any more secure in a privacy state.”

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