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Privacy goes beyond hiding the skeletons in our closets

Skeletons spilling out of an open closet door

When Professor Phil Boyle and myself are teaching courses about Big Data (GBDA 303) and Surveillance (LS 413) we have discussions about privacy in the post 9-11, post-Facebook era. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, governments across the globe argued that national security interests are more important than the privacy of individual citizens. Access to our digital data trails can identify suspicious patterns–such as paying for flights in cash, or using certain words in our online conversations–potentially helping security agents identify potential terrorists and prevent future attacks. Often times, giving up our privacy is seen as a necessary trade-off to ensure our security.

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