Why We Must Have Privacy

We must have privacy to keep societies humane. Where it lacks privacy, surveillance unfolds. Privacy is for our dignity, security and autonomy. And even more importantly, privacy is needed to prevent what Edvard Snowden describes as mass aggregation of information whose potential for societal control and human manipulation exceeding not just the restraints of laws but the imagination.


With the potential of new surveillance that we have seen, and with that we can’t even imagine, for societal control and human manipulation: we must have, and we must fight for privacy. There are groups of people that need it now, and our future generations will need it even more. If not, like new surveillance has snuck upon us, future generations will be increasingly more surveilled.

References: Snowden, Edvard. 2019. Permanent Record.