Nothing to Hide…

That's what I hear a lot when I bring up the topic of privacy and security on the internet. Up until recently I had very little to say in return. If people want to believe that they really don't have anything to hide that's fine.

But the truth of the matter is that we all have something to hide. In fact we all have a great deal to hide.

Glenn Greenwald has a great response to people who say they have nothing to hide. He gives them his email address and asks that they provide all the web sites they use, all their user ids and passwords, bank accounts, retirement accounts, chat room aliases… everything. Because after all, if you have nothing to hide then really, you can give that information away.


So far, reports Greenwald, not a single person has taken him up on his offer.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 12.6 million people experienced identify theft in 2015 alone. Most of them thought they had nothing to hide either.