The debate over privacy vs. security has been raging in
The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?"
Some clever answers: "If I'm not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me." "Because the government gets to define what's wrong, and they keep changing the definition." "Because you might do something wrong with my information." My problem with quips like these -- as right as they are -- is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It's not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.
Two proverbs say it best: Quis custodiet custodes ipsos? ("Who watches the watchers?") and "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Wired 05/18/06
Even in painting, artists are subject to their own sense of privacy. We make choices throughout the creation process of what parts of our psyche to expose and what to hide. While it is true that we very often make unconscious choices to reveal certain ideas and previously undisclosed aspects of our lives; these public revelations still occur by our own hand. Giving away power over our own privacy is very much a loss of freedom. – DN